BMT to Support Royal Navy Technical Documentation

September 9, 2019 – BMT, a member of The Aurora Engineering Partnership, is pleased to announce their key leadership role in providing technical documentation support for the Royal Navy. This multi-million pound task supports the safe operation and maintenance of Royal Navy surface ship systems and equipment for five years which builds on prior provision and demonstrates BMT’s position as a market leader in technical documentation. The task has been awarded through the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) Agreement that is managed by UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment & Support…

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QinetiQ Secures £18.7m Contract to help protect RN ships and submarines

August 29, 2019 – QinetiQ has won a £18.7m contract, Operational Assessment of Signatures Informing Susceptibility (OASIS), that will help reduce the acoustic and electromagnetic signatures of the Royal Navy’s submarines and ships and protect the men and women who serve on them from adversaries. Each ship or submarine has a unique acoustic and electromagnetic signature – the bigger this signature the easier it is to detect, identify and potentially attack. Measuring and understanding this signature over the lifetime of a vessel gives Navy Command and Commanding Officers the confidence…

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Qintetiq to Provide Royal Navy With SAAB ASW Trainer

June 5, 2019 – QinetiQ has confirmed it has secured a new contract to provide the Royal Navy with advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training services using the latest target simulation technology from Saab. The new contract will extend QinetiQ’s long-term partnership role at the MOD’s British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) at the Kyle of Lochalsh into the training environment. Significantly, the new training service supports the Royal Navy’s forthcoming introduction of Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and will increase ASW training opportunities while also maximizing operational deployment of…

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QinetiQ to Optimize Royal Navy Gunnery Training

June 25, 2019 – QinetiQ has signed a new 5 year contract with the Royal Navy that will see the introduction of a dedicated training variant of QinetiQ’s Pointer system to optimize the effectiveness of Anti-Surface Warfare training on a wide range of weapon systems. Developed in partnership with the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the Pointer data analytics and measurement system provides an effective link between the Command and Control function and weapon operators to counter threats from Fast In-shore Attack Craft (FIAC). The adoption of Pointer…

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Sub-hunting Merlin to develop tactics with American Navy

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy Aviators, currently deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth, will take part in submarine-hunting tests with the US Navy. 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are sending a team and two of their Merlin Mk2 helicopters to the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, to take part in tactical development and training alongside their colleagues from the US Navy. 820 NAS are currently supporting the F35 flying trials onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth off the East Coast of the USA, and will bring their considerable ASW expertise to…

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Final flight of the Sea King

September 26, 2018 – After almost 50 years of active operations, the last military Sea King helicopters flying in the United Kingdom, left RNAS Culdrose for retirement today. Aircrew from 849 Naval Air Squadron will then fly them to HMS Sultan for disposal. The fourth aircraft will travel by road. The helicopters will refuel at RNAS Yeovilton and then fly over Westlands where the Sea King helicopters were made, and the various Naval establishments in the Portsmouth area. [smartslider3 slider=94] This very special aircraft has played a vital role in…

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UK – SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS)

September 20, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of three (3) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS) for an estimated cost of $90 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested to buy three (3) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS). Also included are spares; handling…

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UK – Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits

September 20, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of fifty (50) MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits for an estimated cost of $75 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested to buy fifty (50) MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits. Also…

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Lucas makes RN history in new training aircraft

All smiles – and why shouldn’t Lt Lucas Harrisson be delighted after his first solo flight. Even more so as the junior officer became the first ever Royal Navy student to fly the military’s new trainer on his own. This is the Grob Prefect, which has replaced the Tutor as the aircraft of choice for teaching future pilots and observers the fundamentals of flight. It’s more powerful than its predecessor (turboprop not piston) and its cockpit is ‘digital’ – no dials, buttons and knobs, just display screens – mirroring the…

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Business contribution to Britain’s biggest warships recognized

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin recognized the vital contribution that businesses have made to the construction of the Royal Navy’s largest ever ships December 2nd. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s future flagship and the first of Britain’s two new 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers, will be formally commissioned into the Royal Navy by Her Majesty the Queen next week (07/12). But the construction of the 280 meter-long ship would never have been possible without the essential work undertaken by small and medium sized enterprises (SME) from around Britain. Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said:…

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HMS Albion training for global duties

The crew of Britain’s future flagship HMS Albion are half-way through all-action autumn training to prepare them for duties around the globe. Three weeks into her operational sea training off the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, HMS Albion has already sent Royal Marines ashore to ‘storm’ West Country beaches, patched up a mock community affected by natural disaster, and launched an attack on a Cornish fortress. This is the final hurdle the sailors and Royal Marines must overcome to prove they are ready for the potential real challenges ahead. The…

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Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems to Partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program for the Royal Navy

Lockheed Martin UK and Elbit Systems UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Program (MEWP) for the Royal Navy. The MEWP is a significant procurement to upgrade the Royal Navy’s Electronic Warfare capabilities. Delivered in increments, the upgraded system will be fielded on the Royal Navy’s frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the program expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course. Lockheed Martin has a proven track record of developing and integrating complex maritime systems into the United States…

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Babcock’s down-selection as preferred bidder for key Royal Navy support contract

April 3, 2017 – Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, has been selected as preferred bidder for all four elements of a Ministry of Defence program, potentially worth in the region of £360m over seven years, to become Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers and Type 45 Destroyers. Subject to contract, Babcock, with the support of our key support partners, will become the Systems Technical Authority for the platform and propulsion systems on both classes of vessel. As…

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100 Challenge January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017

In 2017 we are celebrating 100 years of service and help that we have provided for people in the maritime community by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. You can get involved in the celebrations and help us to continue our support for seafarers by taking part in our 100 Challenge. All you have to do is simply choose your very own personal challenge, large or small, serious or silly, raise…

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