A £31 million contract for extremely specialised engineering help for the UK Future Fight Air Techniques (UK FCAS) programme has been awarded by DE&S to UK Defence agency – QinetiQ. Underneath a three-year contract, the Aurora Engineering Supply Partnership (EDP) led by QinetiQ will present technical help to FCAS and the DE&S Catalyst supply crew, which is chargeable for delivering the newest fight air capabilities to UK frontline instructions. The contract will help round 45 jobs based mostly in Bristol, Boscombe Down, Farnborough, Malvern, Tub and Lincoln. The supply may also embody the EDP companions Atkins and BMT, together with a lot of subcontractors within the EDP supplier community.

Nic Anderson, Chief Govt UK Defence, QinetiQ stated:“The Aurora Engineering Partnership with the UK MOD and DE&S continues to go from energy to energy, offering technical help to essentially the most advanced acquisition programmes. Our work with Catalyst DT will assist speed up new methods of working utilizing digital engineering methodologies in supporting the following technology of fight air platforms.”


Group Captain Mark Butterworth, Deputy Head Catalyst and Chief Engineer for the FCAS portfolio at DE&S, stated: “This was a unbelievable alternative to additional reinforce the extremely expert DE&S engineering workforce with people who possess an in-depth and invaluable stage of data and experience in particular technical areas.”

Laptop Generated Picture of the proposed Workforce Tempest Future Fight Air System idea. Tempest is deliberate to have the ability to fly unmanned, and use swarming expertise to manage drones. It is going to incorporate synthetic intelligence deep studying and possess directed-energy weapons.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Alex Chalk stated:“The Future Fight Air Techniques programme continues to make good progress, as demonstrated by this newest engineering contract. I’m delighted that extremely expert UK trade personnel will lend their help and experience to the programme, as we work collectively to ship a next-generation fighter jet for the longer term.”

Richard Berthon, Director Future Fight Air, added:“This contract with Aurora and QinetiQ is an illustration of our dedication to working with the UK’s main defence expertise firms on FCAS. Their experience will likely be very important to the programme as we work at tempo to ship a next-generation fight air functionality by 2035.”

Work carried out by the Aurora Engineering Partnership will allow DE&S to ship important engineering methods for future FCAS capabilities. The partnership will present engineering help – initially specializing in Human Efficiency, Security and Techniques Engineering disciplines. The FCAS programme at the moment employs round 2,500 extremely expert individuals throughout the UK together with at fight air sector industrial hubs in Scotland, the north-west and south-west of England. The programme now employs 1,000 apprentices and graduates, providing employment alternatives in STEM topics corresponding to industrial digitisation, synthetic intelligence and information analytics. Tempest was introduced on the 2018 Farnborough Worldwide Airshow and, since then, has made important progress with a flying demonstrator at the moment being constructed and the ‘Era Tempest’ initiative being launched to create early careers job alternatives throughout the UK.