Pendine Range is operated by QinetiQ on behalf of the MOD under what is known as the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA). It provides defence Test and Evaluation (T&E), and training support services, helping to ensure that the equipment used by our Armed Forces is fit for purpose, safe and meets contracted requirements and that military personnel have adequate training for the job they do.
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LTPA - Long Term Partnering Agreement
QinetiQ provides Test and Evaluation (T&E) and Training Support services to MOD under a 25-year contract – the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA). Many of these services are centrally funded, ensuring maximum value for money for the MOD customer. The LTPA contract, signed in 2003, is an innovative partnering approach to managing the MOD’s strategic T&E capability.
MOD Pendine is the UK home of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) European Regional Test Centre for Small Arms Ammunition (SAA).
After the NATO Ottawa Conference in 1951 it was recognised that there was a need to standardise the ammunition and equipment used by NATO forces.
It was agreed that two Regional Test Centres (RTC) would be established – one initially at the Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia in North America and one in Europe.
The RTC in the USA is now located at the Lake City Ammunition Plant in Missouri and the European RTC and the test centre it was transferred to Pendine with the closure of Cold Meece.