07 Dec 16. BAE Systems has awarded further manufacturing equipment contracts to six companies for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, bringing the total investment to date in the Type 26 supply chain to more than £380m. The new contracts include key items such as steering systems, doors, davit system and mooring equipment for the first three ships and have been awarded to:
• Rolls-Royce for the steering gears and stabilisers, with manufacturing to take place at its Dunfermline facility;
• Johnsons Controls Ltd, based in Basildon, for the chilled water plants;
• Marine Systems Technology Ltd for gastight, weathertight and watertight doors, hatches and scuttles and the Hangar XY crane, that will be supplied from its base in Middlewich;
• Salt Separation Services, based in Rochdale, for the reverse osmosis desalination plants;
• Detegasa, a Spanish-based company, for the membrane sewage treatment plants and oily water separators;
• MEP – Pellegrini Marine Equipments S.r.l., based in Italy, for the anchor handling and mooring equipment, boat davit, and radar cross section screen closures.
BAE Systems’ Combat Systems team is also contracted to deliver the ships’ Shared Infrastructure and the electro-optical sensors control system (EOSCS), which is the ‘eyes of the ship’, able to detect and identify potential threats in all weather conditions.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin MP said: “Backed by Britain’s rising Defence budget, the Type 26 Programme will deliver a new generation of cutting-edge warships for our Royal Navy. Along with sustaining highly skilled jobs across the country, these latest contracts demonstrate continued momentum in the programme ahead of cutting steel next summer.”
To date a total of 33 companies across the maritime supply chain are working with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 ships. This includes a total of 15 companies with contracts underway to manufacture key equipment for the first three ships.
Geoff Searle, BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme Director, said: “The progress of our partners in the supply chain is a crucial aspect of making sure we are ready to cut steel on our first of class next summer. Agreeing these contracts now will ensure our suppliers are on track to deliver equipment to Glasgow at the point it is required in the manufacturing phase.”
The UK Government committed to eight advanced anti-submarine warfare ships in its Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a world-class anti-submarine warfare ship and will replace the Type 23 frigates. Globally deployable, it will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.
07 Dec 16. Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of Torpedo Integration Systems (TIS) for the Swedish Navy´s A26 submarines. The order also includes upgrade of existing systems on the Visby-class corvettes and Gotland-class submarines. Deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2020. The contract includes construction, production and verification of Torpedo Integration Systems for the two A26 submarines which were ordered by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in 2015. In addition, Saab will also upgrade existing Torpedo Integration Systems on the Visby-class corvettes and Gotland-class submarines. The contract also includes options for future upgrade orders.
07 Dec 16. Cohort plc company SEA has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) to provide across-the-board support to an extensive range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets.
The two year contract to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service (USAAS) combines all Maritime Combat System Underwater Electr