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15 Dec 14. The UK MoD has awarded a £270m contract to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes which will sustain hundreds of jobs in the UK and create 40 new skilled engineering roles. The deal with BAE Systems will ensure that the UK’s torpedo continues to be manufactured at its Broad Oak facility in Portsmouth for another 10 years. The Spearfish programme supports 60 jobs in Portsmouth where the torpedo is designed and manufactured with an additional 40 new skilled engineering vacancies being recruited to work on the programme by BAE Systems. The company also estimates that hundreds of jobs will be sustained in the company’s supply chain. This year the MOD has already awarded BAE Systems a £600m contract to run Portsmouth Naval Base and a £70m Type 45 destroyer support contract that combined sustains more than 2,000 jobs in the Portsmouth region, including skilled engineering roles.
16 Dec 14. The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a 12 month £1.5m contract to design the engineering support solution for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. The contract award is part of the wider ‘Support Development Phase’ in which the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems Maritime Services and Babcock will work together to provide an optimum and fit-for-purpose engineering support solution for the new Carriers. BAE Systems and Babcock will be involved in four support development phase work-streams – Class Management, Design Management, Maintenance Management, and Information Knowledge Management. Under these work-streams BAE Systems and Babcock will design technical services and maintenance solutions to ensure the Carriers are available for their operational requirements.
16 Dec 14. Babcock, in association with Raytheon, is to deliver four Phalanx 1B kits and convert four land Phalanx Weapons Systems to their original marinised configuration to provide naval Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) capability (the UK’s primary defence for ships against anti-ship missiles), under a contract awarded by the UK MoD. Three of the four Phalanx kits will add to the defensive capability of the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the MoD has said. Babcock is the in-service support provider to the MoD for Phalanx systems under a long-term availability contract awarded in 2006, managing and executing all upkeep support activities, including a 24/7 helpdesk for the Royal Navy, as well as providing logistics support for spares and repairable units. The company is also under contract to upgrade 16 Phalanx systems to the 1B configuration in an on-going programme. The latest contract to provide a further four Phalanx 1B kits and four conversions, which follows a similar contract awarded last year for four kits and two conversions, will be delivered under an amendment to the existing support and upgrade contract. Babcock will procure the Phalanx 1B systems in partnership with the original equipment manufacturer Raytheon, and will undertake the land-based Phalanx weapon system conversions using Babcock weapons support engineers. The systems are to be delivered by March 2015.
17 Dec 14. BAE Systems has selected Terma’s SCANTER 4100 radar system for integration on board the Royal Navy’s three new River class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The latest version of the SCANTER 4103 proven 2D Naval Air & Surface Surveillance Radar features the latest in software and powerful processing electronics resulting in improved performance. The radar provides target detection – in close range and up until the radar horizon for surface and air targets in adverse weather