UK wins global F-35 support assignment worth £500M

February 12, 2019 – The UK’s role as a leading partner on the global F-35 program has received another huge boost today. The F-35 avionic and aircraft component repair hub in North Wales was awarded a second major assignment of work worth some £500M by the US Department of Defense. Following the announcement in 2016 that the UK would be the location of the global repair hub for the initial tranche of F-35 components, today’s news sees significantly more UK support work to the cutting-edge jets. This new assignment will…

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QinetiQ Extends Support to Queen Elizabeth Class

December 7, 2018 – QinetiQ has confirmed Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers have been added to the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) it provides in partnership for the Royal Navy. Confirmation of the £9 million contract extension follows the company’s announcement earlier this year of a £23 million redevelopment project to create a new UK Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems near Portsmouth. The NCSISS was first signed in 2012 and is delivered by QinetiQ and BAE Systems in collaboration with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The…

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Defence Minister welcomes first of new carrier-ready helicopter fleet

Defence Minister Guto Bebb announced May 24th the delivery of the first of a fleet of new helicopters designed for Royal Marine aircraft carrier operations. The helicopter, known as the Commando Merlin Mk4, has been upgraded to a faster and more powerful aircraft than its predecessor. It now sports a maritime grey coat, has a folding main rotor and tail, upgraded flight controls and a tactical computer. The modifications are designed to ensure it can now operate from sea, and it will take off from ships including the UK’s new…

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F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off, Defence Minister Tells Select Committee

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee this afternoon. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “Successful ski-ramp trials mean the F-35 is cleared to fly from the carrier as the momentum continues for this game-changing jet. This milestone comes as our pilots and planes prepare to return from the States, ready for next year’s unforgettable flight trials from…

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Royal Navy relies on Thales’s communications support for Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers

As a leading provider of intelligence systems , smart connectivity and associated services to the UK MoD, Thales has secured a seven year contract to provide through-life support for communications systems of the Royal Navy’s fleet.   Key Points  Thales has won a 7 year £100m contract with the UK Royal Navy to provide communications systems support to the fleet Thales’s communications systems are critical to the new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers coming into service The contract secures 40 jobs in the UK The £100m contract provides an intelligent, unified…

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BAE Systems to support the UK’s new aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Defence has amended its Maritime Support Delivery Framework contract with BAE Systems to include the Queen Elizabeth Class, extending the arrangement to cover all classes of ships home-ported at Portsmouth Naval Base. The amendment is worth £69m and runs until March 2019, with an option to extend it to March 2020 at an additional value of £68.5m. The agreement forms part of the new £1billion Common Support Model (CSM), which was announced by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon on Tuesday (3 October 2017). The CSM will provide…

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Royal Navy appoints first seagoing Captain for HMS Prince of Wales

The first seagoing Captain of the Royal Navy’s second new aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, will be Captain Stephen Moorhouse. The announcement was made at an event at the Institute of Directors in London just two days before the warship is officially named in Rosyth. Captain Moorhouse is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean and HMS Lancaster, known as the ‘Queen’s Frigate’ because Her Majesty is the ship’s sponsor. He will take over next year from Captain Ian Groom, who is serving as the Senior Naval Officer on…

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Defence Minister visits a hub for Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier Program

February 3, 2017 – The Minister visited some of the aircraft and met with personnel stationed at the base. RNAS Culdrose is the heart of the naval air fleet, where naval aviators train. The base is an important part of the program, which will deliver the two Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever built in the UK and from which the UK’s new F-35B Lightning II jets will fly. After visiting the Merlin training facility, the Defence Minister saw the Dummy Flight Deck, designed to train…

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