24 October 07
QinetiQ, as part of the KAIROS Consortium, which L-3 Communications leads and also includes LogicaCMG, has been awarded a share in a £1M, 10-month MOD contract for the Assessment Phase of Project LISTENER, for risk reduction and solution definition.
Project LISTENER integrates sensor products in order to provide actionable intelligence against selected targets and to achieve interoperability between UK ISTAR assets and US and Coalition systems and networks and aims to dramatically improve target location accuracy, timeliness and combat identification for the war fighter. Main Gate approval is expected in 2009 for follow-on demonstration and manufacturing through 2015. The LISTENER capability is expected to remain in service until approximately 2035.
L-3 will be prime contractor, providing programme management, airborne platform integration, and systems engineering for requirements development and test and evaluation. QinetiQ is leading in the areas of land and sea platform integration, human factors, training and operational analysis and is involved in architecture and technology development. LogicaCMG will look at integrated logistics support, security, and communications. L-3 has committed to perform at least 60% of the LISTENER effort in the UK, and has set up a LISTENER project office in Tewkesbury near the MOD customer.
"Lowering programme risk is a key objective for all parties in the KAIROS Consortium," stated Steve Brittan, MD for QinetiQ's Spectrum Solutions business. "Our involvement in the LISTENER programme also builds on our systems integration and architecture development work along with extensive knowledge gained across many recent platform programmes plus will see the UK deliver a range of specialised technologies."
"Project LISTENER is blazing the trail for UK network-enabled capability," added Bob Drewes, President of L-3's Integrated Systems Group. "It takes advantage of our success in fielding the Network Centric Collaborative Targeting capability, modified for UK collection, processing, dissemination, and security context." Ron Cook, Vice President of L-3's London operations, concluded, "L-3 has assembled a top-flight team with QinetiQ and LogicaCMG, two of the UK's leading firms in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR). The L-3 solution combines proven performance and a sovereign solution."