Defence Research Agency
|Defence Research Agency|
|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
|Superseding agency||Defence Evaluation and Research Agency|
|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.
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).
- "Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and its immediate predecessors: Reports and Files 1991-2001". 2001. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
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