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BAE SYSTEMS Provides Royal Navy Technical Documentation And Training Online

13 Sep 2005

BAE Systems, working in partnership with the UK Defence Logistics Organisation, has been given the go-ahead to roll-out of a technical information browser across the UK Royal Navy fleet before the end of the year, following successful trials aboard the Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster.

A total of 2,500 ‘trilogi’ licences will be taken up across the fleet, part of a 10m 30,000-licence agreement contracted with the MOD in December 2002. The on-line documentation allows almost instant access to up-to-date information. During trials on board HMS Westminster, a search across 800-plus publications returned results in 2-3 seconds.

One of the first vessels to have the software installed on its computers will be HMS Ark Royal. The Royal Navy’s flagship will have software installed on 160 terminals, PCs and laptops before the end of this month. Technical documentation will cover both the vessel and its Harrier aircraft, the first time two services have had access to technical data through a common viewer.

The ‘trilogi’ software browser, jointly developed by BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support business (CS&S) and the UK Defence Logistics Organisation, is now in use on over 21 UK MOD programmes, including Typhoon, Harrier, Astute, Brimstone, Stormshadow and Terrier. Trilogi has also been selected by Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme.

In a related development, BAE Systems has started development of the first fully integrated electronic technical documentation and training suite for the Type 45 destroyer, again using ‘trilogi’.

The company has won a contract worth 8.5 million to produce all technical documentation for the first Type 45, HMS Daring, which is under construction at BAE Systems shipbuilding site in Scotstoun, Glasgow. The new-generation Type 45 destroyer will be the most capable ship of its type in the world, delivering vastly superior capability while cutting operating costs.

The technical documentation, used both to operate and maintain HMS Daring, will be delivered in spring 2008, allowing crews to become fully conversant with it well in advance of the destroyer’s sea trials and subsequent handover to the Royal Navy.

The contract involves compiling an estimated 60,000 pieces of raw text and design drawings into a common database which meets AECMA S1000D, the international specification for technical publications, and the SCORM electronic training media standard.

Jim Hart is a Defence Logistics Organisation member of the joint BAE Systems/Defence Logistics Organisation team responsible for the roll-out of ‘trilogi’.

He comments: "With ‘trilogi’, access to information is almost instantaneous and the whole process is more efficient. Deliverables utilising trilogi are considerably lighter than the hundreds of paper manuals they replace. This can be an important consideration because weight is a factor for any vessel both in terms of speed and endurance."

Trilogi is part of a wider BAE Systems CS&S-led “e-Capability” drive to network and integrate military supply chain and technical information across land, sea and air.


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.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Sweeney, BAE SYSTEMS
Tel: + 44 (0)1772 856 034 Mobile: + 44 (0)780 171 6452

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