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550 UK Jobs Sustained by Type 26 Global Combat Ship Contract Awards

BAE Systems has awarded manufacturing equipment contracts to a further 14 companies for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, helping to support around  550 jobs jobs across the UK maritime industry and bringing the total investment in the supply chain to more than £500m.

The largest of the new contracts are for the procurement of structural steel for the first three ships from UK and European steel mills by Dent Steel Services Ltd from its Bradford, UK facility, and sonar components critical to the ship’s anti-submarine warfare role, which are to be manufactured by Thales in Cheadle and Tods Defence from their Portland, UK facility.


The 14 companies awarded contracts are as follows;

Company

Equipment

Manufacture Location

Aeronautical & General Instruments

Helicopter visual landing aids

Poole, UK

Babcock

Helicopter landing grid

Bristol, UK

Cathelco

Hull preservation system

Chesterfield, UK

DCNS

Shaftline

Nantes, France

Dent Steel Services

Structural steel sourcing

Bradford, UK

DESMI

Hot fresh water module and wholeship pumps

Norresundby, Denmark

Ernest West and Beynon

Cold and cool rooms

Paddock Wood, UK

Sauer Compressors UK

High pressure and low pressure compressors

Kiel, Germany

MSI Defence Systems

Small calibre gun

Norwich, UK

MacTaggart Scott

Mission bay side doors

Gdansk, Poland

Renold

Flexible drive shaft couplings

Cardiff, UK

Rohde & Schwarz

Multimedia Reception Distribution (MMRD)

Teisnach, Germany

Thales

Towed array system

Cheadle, UK

Tods Defence

Sonar domes

Portland, UK

BAE Systems’ Maritime Services was also awarded the contract for manufacturing the Artisan Radar 997, for Type 26, assembly of which will take place in Cowes, UK.

A total of 34 companies across the maritime supply chain are working directly with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 ships, with many more through the supply chain.

Geoff Searle, BAE Systems, Programme Director for Type 26 Global Combat Ship, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Type 26 Global Combat Ship is truly an industry-wide effort drawing on the skills and dedication of many hundreds of people spread across the supply chain in the UK, Europe and beyond. We are now in the final stages of preparation to start manufacture of the  Royal Navy’s first Type 26 Global Combat Ship in the coming weeks.”

“Tods Defence is honoured to have been selected to design and manufacture the composite bow sonar domes, a highly sophisticated acoustically tuned part of the sonar system,” said Pete Eckersall, Vice President and Managing Director of Tods Defence. “Our team has spent many years honing the talent and expertise required to produce such a critical component and we are privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of this prestigious programme.”

Source : BAE Systems PLC (LSE: BAES.L) - view original press release

Published on ASDNews: Jul 12, 2017

 

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