BAE Systems bags Royal Navy combat system integration contract

BAE Systems announced Monday that it has signed a ten-and-a-half-year contract extension to provide combat systems integration services for Royal Navy’s in-service and future platforms.

The contract includes, among others, Type 45 destroyers, the new Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers, and the future Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

According to BAE Systems, the contract is a collaborative service delivered by BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Defence & Equipment Support (DE&S) and will be delivered out of BAE Systems’ Maritime Integration Support Centre (MISC) facility at Portsdown Technology Park in Portsmouth.

Following on from the first phase of the naval combat systems integration support services contract (NCSISS), awarded in March 2012, the extension will see BAE Systems’ engineers supporting the key in-service Royal Naval ships.

Richard Williams, BAE Systems Combat Systems Director, said: “The award of the NCSISS phase two contract is a vital part of our continuing support to the Royal Navy and secures BAE Systems’ position at the heart of naval combat systems integration for the next decade.”

“This arrangement will ensure that our future Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers and the new Type 26 Frigates will have the world-class capability required to deliver the Nation’s global effect. The Portsdown Technology Park will remain a unique and vital centre of excellence for the UK,” Neal Lawson, director ships support at the MOD’s defence equipment and support headquarters said.