QinetiQ North America Secures Oceanography Contract with NRL
QinetiQ North America (QNA) announced that it was awarded a three-year strategic contract for ocean modeling, remote sensing, and physical oceanography programs to support the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, MS.
Ocean circulation patterns, temperatures and depths are constantly changing. Mapping and prediction models are critical to naval strategy, informing fleet and special mission deployment decisions, military planning exercises, satellite calibration, and fleet design for ships, submarines and other maritime vessels.
“QNA is honored to be part of the NRL team and we look forward to continuing our support to critical naval programs under this new contract,” said Dave Shrum, executive vice president and general manager, Defense Solutions, QinetiQ North America. “We have over 25 years of expertise in ocean modeling and related support, and we appreciate the opportunity to help NRL achieve mission success.”
One of the primary projects included in this contract is to continue developing the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM). HYCOM is a new global, high resolution ocean prediction system that dramatically improves situational awareness and the ability to predict future ocean environments.
Another key project is the HYCOM 20-Year Reanalysis Project, which will generate full resolution historical ocean records from 1992 to the present. The goal is to obtain a consistent, virtual ocean over a 15-year period that will be used for mission planning, training and research.
Additional projects include predicting Arctic ice parameters, improving sea surface temperature measurements from space, running high resolution models for expeditionary warfare exercises and satellite calibration. The contract is valued at $12 million over three years.
Press Release, January 30, 2014; Image: QinetiQ