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Title:

Qinetiq

Brief History:

Established in 1918 as the RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment) using the facilities of the former Royal Aircraft Factory. Later, additional specialist aircraft test organisations under Air Ministry - later MoD(PE) - control included the A&AEE (Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment), and the MAEE (Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment). The RAE became the DRA (Defence Research Agency) on 1 April 1991, and the A&AEE became part of the DTEO (Defence Test & Evaluation Organisation). The Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (DERA) was formed on 1 April 1995 from an amalgamation of the DRA, DTEO and other MoD(PE) agencies. On 2 July 2001 DERA was renamed Qinetiq (pronounced 'kinetic') to reflect its more commercial outlook.

National Markings:

Main Marking Fin Flash
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (ie above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft - but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin.

Main Headquarters:

Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.

Organisation:

Qinetiq comprises two main groups: the former DTEO organisation and the former DRA organisation, plus a number of specialist units, (the Empire Test Pilots School, the College of Aviation Medicine and the Meteorological Research Flight).

The former DTEO organisation was broken up into a number of multi-disciplinary sectors. The one which operates aircraft is the Aircraft Test & Evaluation Sector (ATES). This is divided into the following departments - Fast Jets Test Sqn (FJTS), Heavy Aircraft Test Sqn (HATS), Rotary Wing Test Sqn (RWTS).

The Aircraft Test & Evaluation Sector (ATES) is based at Boscombe Down, and operates the following aircraft:

Type Quantity
BAC 1-11 2
BAe Harrier GR.7/9/T.8 1/1/1
BAe Harrier T.4 VAAC 1
BAe Hawk T.1 1
Boeing Chinook HC.2A 1
Boeing Chinook HC.3 (7 stored)
D-B-D Alpha Jet 7 (+ 5 spares)
EHI Merlin HM.1/HC.3 2/1
Hawker Siddeley Andover C.1 2
Hawker Siddeley HS.748 1
Lockheed Hercules C.4/C.5 1/1
North American Harvard IIB 1
Panavia Tornado F.2 1
Panavia Tornado GR.4 1
Piper Navajo 1
SEPECAT Jaguar T.2A 1
Westland Apache AH.1 2
Westland Gazelle HT.3 1
Westland Lynx HMA.8 1
Westland Lynx AH.7 2


The Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) is based at Boscombe Down, and operates the following aircraft:

Type Quantity
HS Andover C.1 1
Alpha Jet - (loaned from AT & E)
AS.335F1 Twin Squirrel 1 (leased)
BAC.111-479 1
Beagle Basset CC.2 1
Westland Gazelle HT.3 2
BAe Hawk T.1 2
BAe Hawk T.1 ASTRA 1
BAe Jaguar T.2A 1
Westland Lynx AH.7 1
Westland Sea King HU.5/HC.4 1/1
Shorts Tucano T.1 2


The RAF College of Aviation Medicine/Aviation Medicine Flight (RAFCAM/AMF) is based at Boscombe Down, and operates the following aircraft:

Type Quantity
BAe Hawk T.1 2


The Meteorological Research Flight (MRF) is based at Boscombe Down, and operates the following aircraft:

Type Quantity
BAE SYSTEMS BAE 146-301 1


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