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    “QinetiQ is a defense manufacturer partly owned by the British government.”

    I’m not sure it is. Qinetiq certainly used to be part of DERA, but I think it’s now entirely separate. Their website says:

    “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 we provide 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. In February 2006, QinetiQ was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange and the Carlyle Group sold its stake in the company.”

    https://www.qinetiq.com/en-gb/about-us/our-history

    Can anyone clarify?

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      Hi Alan,

      I’ve looked into this, and you are right. This industry article in Flight Global said that Qinetiq was funding military bases, so I interpreted that to mean that UK MOD retained control.

      https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/qinetiq-awarded-1-billion-for-uk-military-test-and-432044/

      But this piece of analysis from the London School of Economics makes it clear: “MoD remained a shareholder in QinetiQ until 2009 when Labour ministers decided that the MOD should sell off its remaining shares, to raise a great deal of desperately needed hard cash.”

      http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/as-the-coalition-government-moves-to-create-new-public-private-partnerships-and-sell-off-government-assets-the-qinetiq-privatization-of-2006-is-a-case-study-in-how-not-to-do-things-%E2%80%98transpare/

      So I think you’re correct. While UK MOD is tightly connected to Qinetiq, the government gave up ownership in 2009. Thank you so much for checking. I will change immediately. Let me know what you think.

      Also do you know other uses of LTPAs?

      Charlie

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        Excellent, Charlie. I’m sure they do a lot of work for the Government, so it’s probably fair to say they are associated.

        I have visited their site in Malvern a couple of times (some non-military business) but that was more than a decade ago and we never got them to do any work for us.

        Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about LTPAs.

        Alan

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