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

Radar Cross Section (RCS) Signature

Through the LTPA, QinetiQ can measure, analyse and report on RCS characteristics of surface vessels, submarines, aircraft and chaff.

The RCS equipment is configured either as an airborne system (Skylark) or as a ground-based system (Groundlark). These systems can be deployed worldwide.

The team can also be deployed to provide consultancy support for RCS signature research and development.

Training is provided to naval and civilian personnel in all aspects of signature management.

The LTPA also has the following capability:

  • indoor, outdoor and transportable RCS measurement capabilities
  • antenna characterisation ranges
  • a ground plane test environment
  • unintentional emissions measurement facility

These are located at QinetiQ Funtington.