QinetiQ has signed an 11-year, £109m contract extension with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to continue to develop and de-risk Royal Navy mission systems and infrastructure through integration and testing at Portsdown Technology Park, Portsmouth, UK. The renewal of the Naval Combat System Integration Support Services (NCSISS) contract, first signed in 2012, secures the site's future as a UK Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems integration and testing, specialised analysis and technical expertise. Operating in collaboration with the Royal Navy, DE&S and BAE Systems, the contract will sustain around 280 jobs in the Portsmouth area, and will be accompanied by QinetiQ investment to modernise the facilities, equipment and ways of working at the Portsdown site to improve services to the MOD and attract new customers to the site. For over 45 years, Portsdown Technology Park (PTP) has integrated and tested complex combat and communications equipment and software for all Royal Navy warships prior to their deployment at sea. Recent examples of technology that has been tested and integrated with existing equipment using facilities at PTP include BAE Systems' Artisan surveillance radar and MBDA's Sea Ceptor missile.
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