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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
UK Submarine Industry to Benefit from GBP285M Investment in Successor Programme


Mar 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)


    The Uk's Submarine Industry Will Benefit from GBP285 M of Investment to Continue Design Work for the Royal Navy's Next Generation of Nuclear Deterrent Submarines.


The release of funding for the design work is within the existing Successor programme’s £3.3 billion Assessment Phase. The funding forms part of the MoD’s commitment to spending £163 billion on equipment and equipment support over the next 10 years to keep Britain safe. That includes new strike fighters; more surveillance aircraft; hunter killer submarines; two aircraft carriers; and the most advanced armoured vehicles.


The Successor programme currently employs around 2,200 people in the UK, working for BAE Systems, Babcock and Rolls-Royce. For BAE Systems alone, the funding will sustain over 1,400 jobs on a programme that has already engaged with more than 240 suppliers.


The work is largely based at the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria but also across the UK including sites in Raynesway in Derby and Bristol.


Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

''The UK has been committed to a continuous at-sea deterrent for more than 45 years. This is because it is the responsibility of the British Government to protect its citizens and provide this vital line of defence. It is therefore crucial that we continue to invest in the Successor programme to be ready for a final decision on renewal next year.''

''It is thanks to our long-term economic plan that we are able to invest in this latest wave of design funding, which will help to secure the jobs of hundreds of people working across the MOD’s three main industrial partners working on the Successor programme. This underlines how important this work is to the British economy as well as the future security of the UK.''


As a result of today’s announcement, BAE Systems will proceed with an additional £257 million worth of design work, with a further £22 million at Babcock and £6 million at Rolls-Royce.


The Successor submarine is designed to be one of the most stealthy submarines in the world. It will also be the largest, safest and most technically advanced submarine ever built in the UK.


Under current plans, four Vanguard submarines – which currently maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent - will be replaced from 2028.


Tony Johns, the Managing Director at BAE Systems’ Submarines, said:

''Designing a new, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine is one of the most challenging engineering projects in the world today. The Successor programme is the largest and most complex project we have ever faced. This funding will now allow us to mature the design over the next 12 months to enable us to start construction in 2016.''


Chief of Materiel (Fleet) Vice Admiral Simon Lister said:

''Today’s announcement on the third phase of design funding is another step forward in the programme to deliver the Successor submarine.''

''Over the next year, work on the design of the submarine will draw on cutting edge capabilities in innovation, design and engineering available in the UK to ensure we are able to meet the future defence needs of the UK.''


All Royal Navy submarines will be based at Faslane by 2020, including the Astute and Trafalgar class attack submarines.

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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 08:50
Babcock Awarded GBP900 M Army Vehicle Contract


Jan 6, 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


The contract will transform the way the army’s vehicles are maintained, repaired and stored.

It also has the potential to grow to around £2 billion as a result of plans, subject to value for money, to optimise a broader scope of services.

From April 2015, Babcock will deliver and transform the services currently provided to the army by the Defence Support Group (DSG) land business.

The £900 million contract will generate total savings to the army of around £500 million over the life of the contract, a saving of over a third. The contract was awarded as part of the sale of DSG to Babcock for £140 million, which was announced in December last year.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

This contract is excellent news and puts DSG on a sustainable long-term footing to support maintenance and availability of land platforms for the army, in a similar manner to existing contracts for support of platforms for the other services.

Babcock will provide DSG with key engineering and fleet management expertise, which it has built up over 15 years of working with the Army. DSG will also gain the potential to provide vehicle maintenance to other existing heavy vehicle customers which it is unable to do while owned by the MOD.

The contract will also ensure the Army’s continued access to improved vehicle repair and maintenance support - all at significantly better value for money for the taxpayer.

Babcock has committed to develop DSG and has already identified commercial work for DSG from within the Babcock Group.

No MOD sites will close on sale. All DSG land business staff will transfer to Babcock with their terms and conditions protected. Babcock will lead a business improvement programme over several years which is aimed at optimising the output performance of the business.

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7 juillet 2014 1 07 /07 /juillet /2014 11:50
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Jul 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : Babcock International


Babcock has been awarded a contract by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to provide an Automated Control and Management System (ACMS) to drive the secure delivery of data and voice communications between Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) and its armed forces.The new, single, ACMS will replace the current control systems and will interact with 25 sites across Norway.  The system will comprise a number of operator workstations at which messages will be co-ordinated and sent via the high frequency (HF) network, as well as the hardware required to manage, encrypt, broadcast and receive all transmissions securely.


The ACMS will be tailored to meet NDLO requirements, compatible with related systems including full interoperability with NATO equipment (tested in Babcock’s systems integration laboratory prior to installation) while also paving the way for future development needs.  The open and scalable system architecture provides flexibility and adaptability, enabling simple and cost-efficient system upgrade or installation of new components.  Further, the use of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products where possible will reduce through-life costs.


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25 juin 2014 3 25 /06 /juin /2014 11:50
Babcock commences design work for Type 26 AWHS


Jun 25, 2014 ASDNews Source : Babcock International


Babcock has begun work on the first phase of the contract to design and supply the Air Weapons Handling System (AWHS) for the UK’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) announced recently by BAE Systems.


Under the full contract Babcock will design, manufacture, test and oversee the installation of the AWHS system on the 13 ships planned in the UK Type 26 GCS programme, as well as providing long term support functions to ensure through life system performance and availability.


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11 juin 2014 3 11 /06 /juin /2014 18:50
Exploring HMS Queen Elizabeth - video

11 juin 2014 Royal Navy


Would you like a tour of HMS Queen Elizabeth? Well this video gives you that tour with a intriguing look at some of the departments on board and what their role will be on the new carrier.

If you have any questions after watching this video and you want to know more why not ask the current Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Simon Petitt.

On Monday the 16 June between 1pm and 2pm the Captain will be available to answer your questions on our twitter channel @RoyalNavy.

Look out for #asktheCo and have your questions ready!

If you wish to find out more about HMS Queen Elizabeth visit her feature page

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8 mai 2014 4 08 /05 /mai /2014 11:50
UK MoD receives additional Babcock Phalanx systems


8 May 2014 naval-technology.com


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of four additional Babcock Phalanx 1B kit modifications and two conversions of the land-based Phalanx weapon system, in the upgraded marinised configuration.


These systems form part of a contract awarded in 2006 to manage and execute all maintenance support activities, such as a 24/7 helpdesk for the Royal Navy, as well as logistics support for spares and repairable units.


Babcock has worked with Phalanx 1B systems' original equipment manufacturer Raytheon to convert the two land-based systems using their own support engineers.


Babcock weapons business development manager Martin Laity said: "We are pleased to have been able to deliver this further Phalanx capability upgrade successfully and on time, in partnership with Raytheon and the MoD, to enable the MoD and Royal Navy [to] build up the Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS) capability it needs."


As part of an on-going programme in collaboration with Raytheon and the International Guns Missiles and Rockets Project Team, Babcock is also under contract to modernise 16 Phalanx systems to the 1B configuration.


Acting as the UK's primary defence for ships against the threat of anti-ship missiles, Phalanx CIWS is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm Gatling gun system.


Incorporating a side-mounted forward looking infra-red camera (FLIR), the upgraded Phalanx 1B weapon system enables the CIWS to guard the ship against surface targets, while slowing air targets and anti-ship missiles.


Furthermore, the 1B configuration also plays a vital role in terms of countering the threat from small surface craft in littoral waters.

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5 avril 2014 6 05 /04 /avril /2014 16:50
HMS Trenchant photo Royal Navy

HMS Trenchant photo Royal Navy


April 4, 2014 By Richardd Tomkins  (UPI)


British engineering company Babcock has received a four-year support services contract for naval electronic warfare systems.


Babcock of Britain is to provide in-service support for the Communications Electronic Support Measures system on Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarines.


The company said the four-year Ministry of Defense contract for the CESM system, known as Eddystone, encompasses post-design services and support for supporting infrastructure ashore.


Work will include engineering support, integrated logistics support, obsolescence management, configuration management, help desk, stores management, and ensuring fully functional capability on the in-service platforms.


CESM is an electronic warfare system that supports intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance sensors systems.


“The Eddystone system remains at the forefront of CESM capability and this contract award demonstrates confidence in Babcock’s ability to support this key capability, delivering a very high system availability with the systems performing well while on mission,” said Babcock Integrated Systems & Support Group Director Charles John. “This together with our Type 23 Hammerhead CESM system underline our increasing capability to deliver and meet the customer’s requirements as a one stop shop.”


The engineering and technology company was the prime contractor for the design and development of the system.


A value for the contract was not disclosed.

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10 février 2014 1 10 /02 /février /2014 17:50
Companies Bid on Britain's Defence Support Group

Several companies are bidding on Britain's state-owned Defence Support Group, which the government has put up for sale. Here, Defence Support Group members work on vehicles in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. (Defence Support Group)


Feb. 10, 2014 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News


LONDON — Babcock, KBR and Dyncorp International are among the companies that have submitted proposals to purchase the British state-owned Defence Support Group (DSG) vehicles and weapons support operation, according to industry and other sources.


The Defence Ministry declined to release the names of companies that responded to a sale pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ) sent by the government in December.


Companies were required to return the PQQs by the close of Jan. 31 to remain in the bidding process. A shortlist of finalists for the purchase is expected by the end of the month.


Executives and others said the number of bidders that submitted initial proposals via the PQQ process could be in the double figures.


Babcock, KBR and Dyncorp all submitted PQQs, the sources said. All the companies declined to comment on whether they had submitted a bid.


Other companies cited as being interested include British support services contractors Carillion and Germany’s armored vehicle builder Rheinmetall.


Neither Carillion nor Rheinmetall was able to immediately comment.


Bidders such as Babcock are operating alone but others, such as KBR and Carillion, are understood to be acting as a consortium lead, the executives said.


Serco, one of Britain’s largest support companies, is not involved in the bidding, the executives said. The government is hoping to raise £200 million (US $328 million) to £300 million with the sale of the company, said one defense analyst in London.


The Conservative-led coalition government announced it was putting DSG up for sale — along with some other defense operations — as part of its 2010 strategic defense and security review. But the process has been slow going, in part, by the need to get the business in shape for the future. Most recently, there have also been issues over third party intellectual property rights.


“In December [2013] we published a pre-qualifying questionnaire. The deadline for responses was the end of January, and we are now in the process of evaluating those response,” an MoD spokesman said.


Information released by the MoD to contractors said the ministry reserves the option to retain shares in DSG.


The government hopes to complete the sale by the end of the 2014/15 financial year, or soon after. Failure to seal a deal by then could see the sale run into a general election planned for May 2015.


DSG’s main customer is the British Army. Working from eight main sites in the UK and a base in Afghanistan, the company operates as an “arm’s length” organization from the MoD servicing and upgrading the bulk of Britain’s armored vehicle fleets, as well as other vehicles and small arms used by the military.


DSG is also earmarked to play a role in the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle upgrade program being led by Lockheed Martin UK, and the General Dynamics Scout specialist vehicle program.


The sale comes as Britain prepares to transform its land equipment support arrangements in part by moving to what is known as a strategic support supplier arrangement, where the contractor is responsible for delivering equipment availability.


The DSG military avionics business is not included in the sale process and remains under government control.

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19 décembre 2013 4 19 /12 /décembre /2013 08:50
Babcock to begin HMS Bangor maintenance, upgrade


LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI)


British engineering company Babcock says it is beginning a maintenance and upgrade program on the Royal Navy's HMS Bangor mine hunter.


HMS Bangor is a Sandown class vessel and work on it will be conducted at the company's Rosyth dockyard in Scotland.


"The work package for HMS Bangor's support period has been defined to reflect the ship's needs and minimize the level of emergent work, based on knowledge of the ship's material state and our experience of previous Sandown class refits, to optimize efficiency and value for money," said Babcock Warships Managing Director Mike Whalley. "We look forward to delivering Bangor on-time and in-budget."


Babcock said upgrades include enhancements to the ship's galley and laundry, installation of modernized communication systems, and an updated fire detection system.


The ship's existing diesel generators will be replaced environmentally friendlier and supportable machines, it said.


Maintenance work to be undertaken on the vessel will include a large package of paint coating and deck covering renewal, a full structural survey, habitability improvements, slow speed drive alignment checks, renewal of all propulsion unit blade seals, shaft line overhaul, essential underwater work, and complete overhaul of the ship's boat crane.


Upgrade and maintenance work is expected to take six months.

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12 décembre 2013 4 12 /12 /décembre /2013 08:50
Britain taps Babcock for acquisition of Phalanx 1B kits


LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI)


Babcock is to deliver four Phalanx 1B kit modifications and conduct two conversions of the land Phalanx Weapons System to its original marinized configuration.


The work comes under a contract to the U.K. company from Britain's Ministry of Defense. The value of the work, however, was not disclosed.


The Phalanx is a close-in, computer-controlled weapon system of 20mm Gatling guns to defend a ship against missile attack. The guns fire 4,500 rounds per minute.


The 1B configuration allows for its use against small surface vessels and for crew to visually identify and target threats. It also features forward looking infra-red camera technology to defend the ship against surface targets and slow air targets.


Raytheon is the manufacturer of the system, which is used on U.S. and Royal Navy ships. Babcock is the in-service support provider in Britain for the system.


Under the new award -- delivered under an amendment to the existing support and upgrade contract -- Babcock will obtain Phalanx 1B systems equipment from Raytheon and covert the two land-based Phalanx weapon systems using their own weapons support engineers.


The systems are due to be delivered by March 2014.


"We are delighted to be applying our expertise and working with Raytheon to help the MOD and Royal Navy build the Phalanx ... capability it needs," said Babcock Weapons Business Development Manager Martin Laity. "Babcock is already known for our weapon support work for the UK MOD and our expertise in the assembly, test and setting to work of naval weapon systems.

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22 novembre 2013 5 22 /11 /novembre /2013 08:50
UK MoD orders Type 23 CESM system from Babcock

The UK Royal Navy's type 23 frigate HMS Richmond during an exercise. Photo Gaz Weatherston.


21 November 2013 naval-technology.com


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Babcock for delivery of an off-the-shelf communications electronic support measures (CESM) system for installation on the Royal Navy's Type 23 Duke-class ships.


Working in collaboration with principal subcontractor Argon, the company will supply a high technology readiness level (TRL) system for rapid replacement of the ships' existing obsolete Lighthouse CESM system.


The system, delivered under the seven-year contract, will provide the vessels with an enhanced electronic surveillance capability.


Babcock Integrated System and Support Group director, Charles John, said the high-technology readiness, low-risk solution will provide MoD the maximum value for money.


''We will also be delivering through-life supportability and upgradeability through the planned project life to 2021 and beyond,'' John said.


''This programme will enable the MoD to drive coherency across the capability and derive significant benefit.''


Also called as Hammerhead, Babcock's Type 23 CESM system is designed to offer a low risk, mature solution tailored to Type 23 requirements and surveillance capability, which supports both tactical indicators and warnings, as well as other tasked requirements.


The system exhibits commonality with Lighthouse CESMs, which provide the opportunity for common spares, training and operator flexibility, enabling the MoD to address current requirements within the specified budget.


In addition, the system's modular design block approach provides potential for enhancement or life extension in future, if funding is available, to help the ministry also address changes in operational requirements.


Manufactured by Yarrow Shipbuilders and Swan Hunter, the Type 23 frigates were originally designed for anti-submarine warfare, but have proven their versatility in warfighting, peace-keeping and maritime security missions worldwide.

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26 septembre 2013 4 26 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Babcock to provide equipment for final 3 Astute class submarines

Sep 25, 2013 ASDNews Source : Babcock International


Babcock has been awarded a £4.8 million contract by BAE Systems to supply actuators and positioning sensing arrays for the fifth, sixth and seventh Astute class submarines.  The contract represents optimum value to the MoD by combining the requirements for all three submarines in a single contract, enabling cost reductions to be generated.


Babcock will supply three sets of control surface hydraulic actuators (five per submarine); two for the aft hydroplane, one for the forward hydroplane and two for the rudder, plus five positioning sensing arrays per boat set.  Under the two and a half year programme of works, Babcock will procure the components, and assemble and functionally test the units, which will then be delivered to BAE Systems in line with the submarine build programme.  Babcock has also supplied this equipment for Astute submarines one to four, under previous contracts.


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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 12:50
Babcock Contracted to Address Obsolescence in External Comms System on T-class Subs

Sep 18, 2013 ASDNews Source : Babcock International


Babcock has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and develop the first stage of an obsolescence update to the Communications Coherency for Submarines (CCSM) system on Trafalgar class submarines.


CCSM, developed by Babcock, was first installed on T-class submarines in 2005, providing the submarines with increased capacity and capability to handle existing and future levels of message traffic and information, including the ability to use and share information efficiently as part of joint or coalition task force.  The system consolidated previously independent autonomous systems into a single Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) based system architecture, covering communications across the frequency spectrum from VLF to EHF.  It also provided improved processes to enable rapid technology insertion for maximum efficiency and cost benefits, and to overcome inherent space constraints.


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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 07:50
HMS Penzance conducting mission at sea.

HMS Penzance conducting mission at sea.

7 June 2013 naval-technology.com


The UK Royal Navy's Sandown-class minehunter HMS Penzance (M106) has successfully completed a six-month support period (docking) (SP(D)) at Babcock's Rosyth dockyard and is ready to undergo sea trials.


Under the Surface Ship Support Alliance (SSSA) class output management (COM) phase 2 arrangement, HMS Penzance has received upgrades for enhanced operational capabilities, sustainability and habitability.


The SSSA is an agreement between the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Babcock and BAE Systems.


Babcock Warships managing director Mike Whalley said "Penzance is the second Sandown class to undergo a support period under the full COM arrangements, and has benefited from the knowledge and experience gained by the COM team from HMS Grimsby (the first under COM), and previous successful Sandown class support periods."


Upgrades to the 52.69m-long vessel involves replacement of the entire fire detection system, integration of response to attack on ammunition (RATTAM) arrangements, as well as high-pressure air system to extend system life, cost and space benefits.


In addition to Chloropac installation to combat marine growth in sea inlets, the ship is equipped with defence information infrastructure (DII) to enable information sharing and collaborative working.


Additional upgrades include ballast re-siting to compensate for weight changes as a result of other work performed, a galley upgrade package and other enhancements.


HMS Penzance has also been provided with substantial maintenance package, which include outer bottom and selected upper decks represervation, as well as slow speed drive alignment checks and adjustment.


Featuring very low magnetic and acoustic signatures, Sandown-class vessels are armed with an Oerlikon 30mm gun with a range of up to 10km and two ML Aviation Barricade lightweight decoy launchers to launch infrared decoys and chaff.


Vosper Thornycroft-built HMS Penzance is scheduled to returning to the Fleet later in June 2013 following completion of sea trials.

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