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Test Success For Astute Combat System

13 Sep 2005

As the command deck module for first of class submarine Astute takes shape in the BAE Systems Warspite integration and test facility at Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, a key piece of combat system equipment has passed its installation and set to work tests 300 miles away.

Crucial links between the Astutes external communication system (ECS) and the other major combat system equipment, as well as with the antennae that will provide the submarines link with the outside world, are currently being tested at BAE Systems Submarines System Integration and Support Centre, Ash Vale, Hampshire, South East England. This is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to de-risk the integration and setting to work of Astutes combat system.

Successful testing of Astutes external communications system and antennae marks another significant milestone in one of the most complex engineering challenges in the UK. Comments Peter Doherty, externals project leader.

Project manager Russell Peirce said: The Fleet representative was very happy with how the trial was run. In fact we have had nothing but positive feedback from all the Ministry of Defence agencies involved.

Testing continues on interfaces with other elements of the combat system, including over the air tests of the system from antenna through to the operator workstation, where ECS receives and processes satellite transmissions. On previous classes of submarine the external communications system would not have been tested to this extent until the boat was at sea.


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

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