United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Cody Technology Park, Ively Road
Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0LX



QinetiQ was formed in July 2001, when the Ministry of Defence (MOD) split its Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in two. The smaller portion of DERA, was rebranded Dstl (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory) and remains part of the MOD. The larger part of DERA, including most of the non-nuclear testing and evaluation establishments, was renamed QinetiQ and prepared for privatisation. QinetiQ  became a public private partnership in 2002 with the purchase of a stake by US-based private equity company the Carlyle Group.


In 2003, QinetiQ signed a 25-year long term partnering agreement (LTPA) under which the company provides the UK MOD with innovative and realistic test and evaluation of military and civil platforms, systems, weapons and components on land, at sea and in the air.


The company supports space programmes; provides trusted technical services to the UK Ministry of Defence and the Department of Defense; carries out secure monitoring services for a range of commercial and government customers globally.

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