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

Unmanned Air Systems Capability Development Centre (UAS CDC)

Established by FMC WECA in April 2014, the UAS CDC provides valuable support to the Defence community by improving the coherence of MOD UAS test, evaluation and experimentation.

Through a core team, the UAS CDC works with the Front Line Commands, the Science and Technology community, Defence and Equipment Support and other areas of Defence on tasks so that wider benefits may be shared amongst MOD UAS stakeholders.

A key remit of the UAS CDC is to identify and action evaluation ‘capability enablers’ – those things that by being considered, designed, emplaced or enabled, help the MOD understand the UAS offering.

Acting as a focal point or hub for multiple UAS-related activities, the UAS CDC supports such tasks as: requirements definition; conducting lessons identified; development and enablement of industry SQEP application; road-mapping (initial and organic); considering future T&E requirements vs current capability; and working pan-government to ensure knowledge and information sharing, best practice and re-use wherever possible.

The UAS CDC’s delivery and support to UK MOD is dependent on the subject matter expertise that resides in Industry. To facilitate its engagement (including rapid contracting) with organisations of interest, the UAS CDC has established its Open Supplier Register to create a ‘pre-qualified’ list of organisations with capability in the UAS domain. This mechanism allows the MOD to access suppliers in a flexible and rapid way and the UAS CDC is charged with facilitating such requirements.

The UAS CDC also engages industry for opportunities to accelerate learning and support to the MOD through early programme engagement, where appropriate.

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