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BAE Systems Awarded £47m contract to support Royal Navy’s Combat Management Systems


Portsmouth, UK - BAE Systems has been awarded a seven-year, £47M contract by the Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Combat Management System (CMS) on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus. The contract underlines BAE Systems’ expertise in the provision of cost-effective support and services solutions to the armed forces.

The CMS assists a ship’s command in detecting and countering threats to the ship and any surrounding forces by managing all relevant external and internal information provided by the ship’s radars. It integrates this information with the activities of the anti-air weapons systems as well as other sensors and weapons.

This latest contract is part of a larger initiative entitled the Joint Support Solution (JSS) contract which integrates the Type 45 support contract, awarded to BAE Systems in September 2009. The JSS provides a common support framework for the CMS on the Type 45 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and RFA Argus, all of which are supplied by BAE Systems. The JSS extends efficiencies to new CMS deployments on future naval ships including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers providing the Royal Navy with a cost effective long term support solution.

The JSS is an availability based service incentivised by key performance indicators that are common across all supported naval platforms. JSS will provide software support and spares and repairs combined with an innovative obsolescence management strategy designed specifically to resolve the challenges arising from the use of commercial IT equipment in an operational environment.

Dave Twitchin, Head of Maritime Combat Systems DE&S said “JSS is a shining example of the benefits that can be achieved through joint working between DE&S and Industry in the maritime combat systems domain. This was far from a straight forward piece of work and is the result of innovative thinking and months of sheer hard graft. The result is clear evidence of the benefits that can be delivered by working together to achieve a single shared objective of delivering Front Line capability at reduced cost and improved quality”

David Leitch, Naval Command and Information Systems Director at BAE Systems Mission Systems said “This contract generates further significant through-life cost savings to the Royal Navy through management and engineering efficiencies. It will achieve the objectives of the Combat Management System Convergence strategy established by the MoD and BAE Systems.”

The JSS is being delivered by BAE Systems employees in New Malden, Dorchester, Frimley and Portsmouth.

BAE Systems is the largest provider of Combat Management Systems to the Royal Navy with over 40 years of experience.


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