The MOD and QinetiQ working together to provide Defence Test & Evaluation and Training Support Services

Air Platform Test & Evaluation Services

Under the LTPA, QinetiQ supports the development, test and training of complex weapons systems and military platforms, including both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, land and sea platforms.

The LTPA Ranges are available to MOD project teams and manufacturers for testing weapons systems to support performance assessment. The controlled environments are suitable for testing a wide range of systems including beyond-visual-range missile systems, precision-guided bombs and machine guns.

The fixed wing capabilities include fast jets and larger aircraft supporting air-to-air and air-to-surface attacks against specially designed target systems, store drops and the exercising of defensive aid suites.

Proving trials can be conducted on new rotary wing aircraft, including the latest Lynx Wildcat, before they go into service. Activity involves a complete spectrum of activities from the trial releases of sonar buoys and testing defensive aid suites to strafing against remote-controlled targets as part of training exercises.

Land platforms, such as Starstreak and Rapier also use the LTPA Ranges for T&E and training. A variety of airborne and surface targets, including fixed structures, are provided to support these activities.

Sea platforms, such as the new Type 45, use the Ranges to exercise modern systems such as Sea Viper, as well as traditional guns.

The LTPA provides environments suitable for testing and training with customers’ numerous navigational systems, radar and optical sensors, including laser designation pods such as Sniper.

Air Platform Test & Evaluation Services are available at:

If you require further information please contact the LTPA on 0800 015 0549 or

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