Defence Research Agency

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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 was combined with five other MOD establishments to form the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.

History[edit]

The DRA was formed on 1 April 1991[1] as an amalgamation of the following Defence Research Establishments:

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).

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