QinetiQ Group plc Pre-close trading update

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Prior to entering its closed period, QinetiQ Group plc (‘QinetiQ’) today issues an update on its Interim Management Statement dated 2 August 2011.

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Whilst conditions in its principal markets remain challenging, the Group’s performance for the first six months of the year has been good and better than originally expected. However, this improvement has been driven by US military product sales in the Global Products business, where orders have been weighted to the first half and in particular the second quarter, and by the Group-wide self-help programme.

 

QinetiQ’s interim results for the six months ending 30 September 2011 will be announced on 23 November 2011.

Pushing south in confusing conditions

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Keeping alert off the Moroccan coast on BSL – photo Jesus Renedo

As the northerly breeze arrived on Wednesday afternoon, the double-handed, Class40 fleet in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) were on the move again following a period stuck in light airs north-west of Rabat on the Moroccan coast. Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France held the lead by four miles, running along the West African continental shelf chased by Ross and Campbell with BSL with both Class40s averaging around nine knots. In third place, Conrad Colman and Hugo Ramon on Cessna Citation had been reeled in by Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs with Financial Crisis and the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on board Phesheya-Racing with just 15 miles separating the three boats. Hampered by the loss of any effective offwind headsails on Sec. Hayai, Nico Budel and Ruud van Rijsewijk trailed the lead boat by 157 miles on Thursday morning in a completely different wind pattern north of the main group.

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Ninth C-5 Inducted For Modernization

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Marietta, Ga., September 29, 2011 — Lockheed Martin inducted the ninth aircraft
to modernize to a C-5M Super Galaxy on Sept. 29. Based at Dover Air Force Base,
Del., this aircraft has the distinction of being the last C-5B produced for
the U.S. Air Force. Throughout its career, it has supported the warfighter’s
operations in Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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S & S: SPEED UNDER SAIL

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Midweek in St Tropez is traditionally a layday for the modern fleet, and sort of a busman’s holiday for the classic fleet. Today is Challenge Day with one ‘featured’ race of the day, and a host of other informal challenges were struck for match races between competitors, solely for bragging rights. This year, the Club 55 Cup match was between the 140-foot 19 Metre Class, Mariquita and the 128-foot gaff schooner, Altair – both designed by William Fife III.

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NASA Space Telescope Finds Fewer Asteroids Near Earth

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WASHINGTON — New observations by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought. The findings also indicate NASA has found more than 90 percent of the largest near-Earth asteroids, meeting a goal agreed to with Congress in 1998.

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NASA Spacecraft Revealing More Details About Planet Mercury

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After only six months in orbit around Mercury, MESSENGER reveals flood lavas, hollows, and unprecedented surface details.

WASHINGTON — NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first to achieve orbit around Mercury, is providing scientists new information about the planet. The data show widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet.

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Lockheed Martin MC-130J Delivers New Capability For U.S. Air Force Special Operations

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The first two MC-130Js for US Air Force Special Operations Command. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

MARIETTA, Ga., September 29th, 2011 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today delivered the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II to the United States Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft was flown from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ facility to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander AFSOC. This aircraft is the first of 20 currently on order.

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Tiangong-1 Forms Cornerstone Of China’s Space Odyssey

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by Li Hongmei
Beijing (XNA) Sep 30, 2011

China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, is slated to blast into orbit between 13:16 and 13:31 GMT Thursday, just one day prior to China’s National Day on Oct.1. It will be the latest showcase of the nation’s growing prowess in space, and comes while budget restraints and economic tailspin have held back the once dominant U.S. space missions.

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