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Maritime Integration Facility secures contract for Type 45 support

24 Jul 2002

An advanced shore facility that replicates complex ship systems is set to cut costs, make more efficient use of resources and provide a much needed service to naval programmes beginning with the Type 45 Destroyer.

Defence Procurement Agency Type 45 Destroyer integrated project team leader Brigadier Keith Prentice took part in a turf-cutting ceremony for the BAE Systems Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC) on July 18th at Portsdown.

Afterwards he said: "This project is a welcome step forward in support of the Type 45 Destroyer programme, bringing together critical systems integration expertise and resources."

The facility's first support contract was signed between BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support and the Type 45 Prime Contract Office in May this year. The facility when built will complement existing operations for Type 23 frigates, Type 42 destroyers and current Aircraft Carriers already at the QinetiQ owned Shore Integration Facility in Portsmouth.

BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support (CS&S), through its Land & Sea business unit, is investing heavily in this unique collocated shore facility to offer cost-effective combat systems development for a number of naval platforms all under one roof. Until now, programmes have developed their own shore facilities specific to the platform, an inefficient use of scarce integration resources and expertise. The MISC will provide a combined facility that can be used on any number of naval platforms exploiting synergy savings in tools and skilled engineers. It has also been designed to be readily adaptable for the training of naval personnel.

The facility also forms part of the BAE Systems team's plan for the Future Aircraft Carriers. Nigel Stewart, Managing Director BAE Systems Future Carrier team said, "This facility will help us to significantly de-risk the programme at an early stage, saving both cost and time - not only for the systems within the Carrier but also in the context of integrating the Carrier into the wider battle space architecture."

Rory Fisher, Managing Director - Land & Sea, commented, "The facility is the first part industrially sponsored multi-platform combat system integration centre in this country and will establish BAE Systems as the key integration support provider to the UK naval market. The Type 45 Prime Contract Office's decision to use this facility is an excellent start and endorsement from the Defence Procurement Agency, our key external customer, is very reassuring."

Dr Tim Crowfoot, QinetiQ added, 'We very much welcome the addition of the BAE Systems MISC to Portsdown Technology Park and look forward to working together to ensure that the MOD continues to be provided with cost effective and up to date combat systems capabilities well into the foreseeable future.'

WS Atkins has been contracted to design and construct the MISC to be built at QinteiQ's Portsdown Technology Park, Cosham. Hand over of the building is scheduled for 2003 and the facility will be operational by January 2004.

Notes to Editors:
A shore facility is a key element in the development and through-life support of a combat system for naval platforms. Combat systems integration can be conducted ashore, under controlled conditions, to de-risk the achievement of system performance. A representative system or individual elements are tested using simulated and real data to debug and prove the integrity of the equipment. The alternative, using the ship to integrate individual equipment, is costly and time-consuming.

Several BAE Systems businesses are now either undertaking new build warship prime contracting (Type 45 Destroyer, ASTUTE submarine, export ships) or bidding to be the support prime contractor for maintenance and upgrading of in-service warships. Land & Sea will manage the provision of the infrastructure to house the combat system equipment, use world-class system integration tools and skilled resource to provide the integration service to the various programmes.

The first phase of this project will provide much needed facilities for the Type 45 Destroyer programme of which the first of class is due in service in 2007. This will be followed by at least five other of the class, all requiring combat system integration facilities from 2004 to support the incremental build-up of capability.

About BAE SYSTEMS:

BAE Systems is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around 13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE Systems is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.



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