Defence Research Agency
Defence Research Agency Agency overview Formed 1 April 1991 Preceding agencies Admiralty Research Establishment
Royal Aircraft Establishment
Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment
Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment
Royal Signals and Radar Establishment
Dissolved April 1995 Superseding agency Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Headquarters Farnborough, Hampshire Parent agency Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
The Defence Research Agency (normally known as DRA), was an executive agency of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) from April 1991 until April 1995. At the time the DRA was Britain's largest science and technology organisation. In April 1995 the DRA combined with five other MOD establishments to form the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
- Admiralty Research Establishment (ARE) - major sites Portsdown, Hampshire and Southwell, Dorset ("Maritime Division")
- Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) - major site Farnborough, Hampshire ("Aerospace Division")
- Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) - major site Boscombe Down
- Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE) - major site Fort Halstead, Kent ("Military Division")
- Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) - major site Malvern, Worcestershire ("Electronics Division")
DRA's headquarters was created at the RAE site at Farnborough, but the other major sites maintained a great deal of independence.
DRA's first Chief Executive was Nigel Hughes, followed by John Chisholm who took over in August 1991.
In April 1995 the DRA combined with five other MOD establishments to form the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), DRA's John Chisholm becoming Chief Executive of the enlarged DERA (split in July 2001 into DSTL and QinetiQ).
Qinetiq Divisions and subsidiariesCurrentFormer Shareholdings and partnerships Products Facilities, places and vessels PredecessorsDefence Evaluation and Research Agency · Defence Research Agency (Admiralty Research Establishment · Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment · Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment · Royal Aircraft Establishment · Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment · Royal Signals and Radar Establishment) People
John Chisholm · Graham Love
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