BAE Systems awarded UK MoD submarine contract
BAE Systems will support and maintain a new sophisticated combat system across the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) submarine fleet under a new contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence. The £46 million contract was announced on 6 December.
The Design Services Arrangement (DSA) contract will see BAE Systems ensure that the system, which is used to navigate vessels as well as gather intelligence and defend against attacks, is maintained and developed over the next decade.
The RN operates three classes of submarine totalling 10 vessels, which are used to safeguard the UK’s interests around the world. Currently different combat systems are used across the fleet. According to the company, this new contract will help drive adoption of a Common Combat System across all current and future RN submarines, with considerable benefits to training, maintenance and updating costs.
Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology, said: ‘The UK’s submarine fleet is second to none and plays a key role in protecting our waters and interests both at home and abroad. This latest commitment to maintain and develop this vital technology throughout the fleet will ensure that we can continue delivering first class capability for many years to come.’
Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MoD Director of Submarines, added: ‘Command Systems on board our submarines contain many vital technologies and it is very important that our submarines retain their technological edge, both now and in the future. This contract will help secure that position for the MOD and UK industry.’
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