BAE Systems awarded MCA support work
A team of specialist from BAE Systems will continue work to support the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA's) radio communications infrastructure under a £2 million contract extension announced on 26 August.
The company’s Coastguard Support Team will carry out an audit of radio equipment at MCA sites to ensure gear remains in good working order. This will include inspecting every radio at around 350 coastal rescue stations, ten coastguard operations centres and at 140 remote radio sites.
The team carries out an audit of each MCA site every year, carrying out a complete assessment of the equipment and the site itself and recommending to the MCA any repairs or upgrades that may be needed to the radio transmitter or the site as a whole. This could include the roads and tracks leading up to the sites, security issues, building integrity and damage or wear to the transmitters themselves.
BAE Systems' engineers are also helping the MCA manage a growing demand from wind farm developers in assessing whether proposed new farms will impact on radio coverage from all MCA sites.
The contract extends the existing 25-year partnership into 2018.
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