SEA nets equipment upgrade contract for UK’s Type 23 frigates

UK defence company SEA has been awarded a contract to provide the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates with an upgrade to the torpedo launcher and countermeasures systems.

Valued at £34 million, which also includes through-life support for the systems, this is the largest single contract won by SEA to date.

Securing this contract means that its torpedo launcher systems are in service across the entire Type 23 frigates, and its countermeasures system across the Type 23, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Albion, and Type 45 classes.

SEA will upgrade the Royal Navy’s torpedo launcher systems to provide next-generation capability. This will see the Royal Navy further benefit from SEA’s weapon-agnostic torpedo launcher system, which is also in service with a number of navies across the globe.

The UK defence firm will upgrade the ships’ countermeasure capability with a new fixed barrel system to provide an effective response to modern naval threats.

The contract will also see SEA provide in-service support for these systems across the UK naval fleet. Initially, this is a five-year program, with extension options, and is in addition to a significant support framework contract previously awarded to the company by the UK MOD, covering sub-systems in the undersea battlespace domain.

The maritime battlespace is evolving faster and becoming more complex, requiring these operationally flexible solutions that can adapt to the changing nature of the threat. Upgrading the lightweight torpedo launcher systems and installing new countermeasure capabilities will provide the Royal Navy with the ability to rapidly defend itself against these threats,” Richard Flitton, Managing Director at SEA, said.

“This major contract, SEA’s largest to date, demonstrates the systems knowledge and maritime domain expertise within our UK-based team and builds on our long-standing partnership with the Royal Navy.”

“This contract adds to the significant amount of work that the Group has been doing for the UK MOD as a major supplier for the UK Armed Forces. In the past 5 years we are proud to have delivered a variety of equipment, systems, and services, both direct and indirectly, to the British Armed Forces,” Andy Thomis, Cohort’s Chief Executive said.

SEA is an independent subsidiary of the defence technology group, Cohort plc. 

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