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BAE Systems awarded Systems Integration contract for new offshore patrol vessel

13 Sep 2005 | Ref. 194/2005

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract from VT Shipbuilding Limited for the supply and integration of the combat management system and air surveillance radar for the new Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (Helicopter) (OPV(H)).

BAE Systems is prime contractor for the supply of the combat management system (CMS-1) and air surveillance radar (Terma SCANTER 4100), which will provide the system design, development and integration that will ensure the vessel optimises its role as part of the Falkland Island patrol force.

Developed primarily for the Type 45 programme, CMS-1 has a scalable architecture that enabled BAE Systems to develop a single console system for the OPV(H) with limited tailoring of the software applications. Interfaces to the SCANTER radar and commercial navigation systems are being developed to meet industry standard protocols, resulting in minimal specific development for this vessel and enabling challenging cost targets to be met.

Clive Richardson, Managing Director BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies said, “This contract award demonstrates our ability to successfully transfer knowledge and competences across requirements, ensuring the effective integration of systems, protocols and capability.”

BAE Systems will support a series of early integration activities between CMS-1 and radar in Denmark, prior to carrying out formal trials and acceptance onboard the OPV(H) in the UK. The ship is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy in Autumn 2006, and will enter service after the completion of operational performance trials in the UK, in Spring 2007.

BAE Systems is currently negotiating a contract with VT to support the system for an initial period of 5 years, with an aim to agree an availability based contract in the very near future.

About BAE Systems

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:

Sue Kennard, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0) 1276 695334

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