The creation of the LTPA contract has enabled an investment programme to tackle obsolescence and provide technology refreshes. An investment fund exists for each five-year period of the contract, between them QinetiQ and MOD jointly propose a programme for the period. A business case is made for each investment and is approved by MOD TEST project team. Investments made so far total about £140 million. Some examples are given below.
- New Trials Control System - MOD Aberporth
£9 million investment programme to implement an integrated solution for command and control trials at an instrumented air range.
- Electronic Warfare Calibration Facility - MOD Portland Bill
A new facility installed to calibrate and test electronic warfare equipment installed on surface vessels, submarines and helicopters.
- Upgrade to Electronic Optical Tracking Instruments (EOTIs)
An upgrade to the eight mobile EOTIs to provide better tracking capability for guided weapons, aircraft and other platforms.
- Remotely Operated Vehicle - MOD BUTEC
A new system installed to recover valuable Spearfish and Sting Ray torpedoes from the seabed after a firing trial, thus enabling re-use.