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Qioptiq wins $102 million targeting equipment order

By Ryan Maass
Qioptiq wins $102 million targeting equipment order
Defense equipment to be maintained for future use includes night-vision goggles and day and night weapon systems. Royal Air Force photo by SAC Chris Hill

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Wales-based contractor Qioptiq received a $102 million contract from Britain's Ministry of Defense to support surveillance and targeting equipment.

The contract was announced during IDEX 2017, an international defense conference which aims to foster relationships between governments and security industry companies.

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The order includes support for night-vision goggles and day and night weapon systems, which will be maintained over a six-year period to ensure their availability for future users. Operators will include Royal Marine infantry and bomb disposal experts.

U.K. defense officials say the pact will make the country's warfighters safer while cutting costs.

"It's a pleasure to announce this £82 million contract here at IDEX. This deal will provide our troops with the equipment they need to stay safe, while also delivering £47 million of savings," U.K. defense procurement minister Harriet Baldwin said in a press release.

The minister went on to add the deal is supported by the U.K.'s rising defense budget, which is scheduled to increase every year until the end of the decade.

Qioptiq's deal with the ministry was announced shortly after the company was selected to provide a global repair hub for F-35 aircraft components.

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"This enormous vote on confidence in the Welsh economy demonstrates that we offer the highly skilled workforce and facilities that investors need. It is also clearly great news for employment in the region," Wales Secretary of State Alun Cairns added.

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