Babcock has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver an off-the-shelf communications electronic support measures (CESM) system providing an enhanced electronic surveillance capability for the Royal Navy’s (RN) Type 23 frigates.
Under the contract Babcock, teamed with principal subcontractor Argon ST, will deliver a system at the required high Technology Readiness Level (TRL), requiring no development work, to enable rapid replacement of the existing obsolete system on the Type 23s with very low risk delivery, meeting the MoD’s capability requirement at optimum value for money.
Babcock’s Type 23 CESM system, Hammerhead, offers a low risk, mature solution tailored to Type 23 requirements and provides surveillance capability, supporting both tactical indicators and warnings and other tasked requirements, using technology proven on naval platforms. It offers exceptional installed performance, while the commonality with other Lighthouse CESM systems currently in use provides the opportunity for common spares, training, and operator flexibility.
These features combined with a modular design block approach enable Babcock to provide flexibility in system configuration, enabling the MoD to meet current requirements within budget and to future-proof the capability with the potential for enhancement or life extension using future funding if available to meet changes in operational requirements. Further, Babcock’s unparalleled knowledge of the platform and leadership role within the Type 23 Class Output Management team ensures low risk platform integration delivered by a known and experienced team, and assured installed performance.
Commenting on the contract win, Babcock Integrated System and Support Group Director Charles John said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and will be providing the MoD with a high technology readiness, low-risk solution, offering maximum value for money. Moreover, drawing on our experience on Eddystone we are able to give the MoD confidence that the system will be delivered when required to meet their programme. We will also be delivering through-life supportability and upgradeability through the planned project life to 2021, and beyond. This programme will enable the MoD to drive coherency across the capability and derive significant benefit.”
The seven year contract to deliver the Type 23 CESM system is effective from this month (November).