QinetiQ was established in Canada in 2014 when the QinetiQ Group in the United Kingdom (UK) made a strategic decision to invest in developing a new Canadian subsidiary.

For many years QinetiQ provided support to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and, since 2014, that support has grown across the country, including the acquisition of QinetiQ Target Systems in Medicine Hat, Alberta. We’re now delivering significant benefits and savings to our customers, forming trusted and established partnerships with numerous Canadian Defence and Government organizations.

QinetiQ in the UK was formed in July 2001 when the Ministry of Defence (MOD) split its Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in two. The smaller portion of DERA was rebranded Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and remains part of the MOD. The larger part, including most of the non-nuclear testing and evaluation establishments, was renamed QinetiQ and became a public private partnership in 2002. In 2006, QinetiQ was successfully launched on the London Stock Exchange and now operates businesses in several countries around the world, including the UK, Australia, USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Canada.


  • 1908 - Samuel Cody makes the first manned aeroplane flight in Britain at Farnborough
  • 1935 - The birth of the radar: The Daventry Experiment confirms that aircraft can be detected with radio-waves
  • 1942 - High speed wind tunnel opens to test prototypes of jets and spitfires at speeds of 600mph
  • 1945 - The Empire Test Pilots’ School is formed, training pilots in the art of experimental flights
  • 1946 - Portsdown’s Ralph Benjamin invents the technology behind the trackball and mouse
  • 1961 - The Ocean Basin at Gosport opens, the largest freshwater indoor tank in Europe
  • 1963 - Carbon Fibre’s high potential strength leads to an MOD patent and licenses to Rolls Royce, Morganite and Courtalds
  • 1966 - George Stubbs designs 105mm Light Gun at Fort Halstead
  • 1971 - Britain’s first satellite ‘Prospero’ launched, thanks to work done at Farnborough
  • 1972 - A remote controlled robot ‘The Wheelbarrow’ is designed for use by Army bomb disposal teams
  • 1975 - Tom Elliot & team at Malvern invent SPRITE, the first practical thermal imager, still in service on Tornadoes today
  • 1979 - Biphenyl Liquid Crystal and Malvern Crystal growth equipment wins the Queen’s Award for technological achievements
  • 1982 - Night vision goggle technology was developed and rushed into service during the Falklands War
  • 2010 - The Zephyr sets the world record for the longest flight for an unmanned air system
  • 2010 - The new ALARM radar provides early warning against low trajectory rocket attacks
  • 2018 - Canadian Defence Review (CDR) ranks QinetiQ in Canada as one of the country’s Top 10 defence companies
  • 2018 - Commerce Decisions is awarded the Future Fighter “Advisor Partner” contract