ST. ASAPH, Wales --- During the IDEX trade show, March 14 2017, UK Minister Harriett Baldwin announced the award of the $100 million STAS contract to Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies company. IDEX is the largest and most prestigious Defense trade show in the Middle East.
The STAS award will allow our St Asaph Site to provide support for surveillance and targeting equipment to the UK Armed Forces over the next six years, and will ensure vital night vision equipment is available to UK Armed Forces personnel around the globe.
The contract has options for an additional 5 years of support which would increase the contract by a further $ 84 Million. The Welsh Government will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting our organization by investing £2.5m in a new purpose designed facility for the STAS contract adjacent to the main company site in North Wales.
Peter White, Managing Director of St Asaph and VP Land Business said "We are delighted that we have received this major contract from UK MOD to support equipment vital to the safety of our soldiers in front line operations. The support from Welsh Government and the hard work, capability and commitment of our employees were the key factors in our success. We look forward to continuing the successful relationship we have with UK MoD and supporting our troops with this important contract."
Doug Benner, Excelitas Executive Vice President Defense and Aerospace said "it is an honor to be selected for the STAS contract. We appreciate the confidence the UK MoD has placed in us. This selection will allow us to continue the mission of ensuring STA equipment is available to the End User when needed. Whether serving defense ministries around the world or meeting the critical requirements of the world's largest defense prime contractors, Excelitas' Defense and Aerospace mission is "Keeping our Troops Safe" with the best technology/products/services."
The contract covers equipment used across the UK Armed Forces delivering capability to all three front line commands. Chief Executive Officer of the MoD's Defense Equipment and Support organization, Tony Douglas said: "Crucially, the STAS contract, will deliver improved support to Her Majesty's Armed Forces."
Qioptiq designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions that serve a wide range of markets and applications in the areas of medical and life sciences, industrial manufacturing, defense and aerospace, and research and development. Qioptiq benefits from having integrated the knowledge and experience of Avimo, Gsänger, LINOS, Optem, Pilkington, Point Source, Rodenstock, Spindler & Hoyer and others.
In 2013 Qioptiq was acquired by Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global technology company with approximately 5,500 employees in North America, Europe and Asia are serving customers across the world.