Supporting the Royal Navy’s electronic warfare capabilities 

As technology advances, operational advantage through electronic warfare capabilities is more important than ever to our armed forces.

The Maritime Electronic Warfare Systems Integrated Capability (MEWSIC) programme plays a key part in keeping our nation safe and secure. 

In 2021, Babcock was awarded a 13-year, circa £100m contract by the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) for the design, manufacture, delivery/commissioning and in-service support to the MEWSIC Increment 1.

We are working closely with our collaboration partners, Elbit Systems UK (ESUK) and QinetiQ, and DE&S customer to enhance information dominance for the Royal Navy and its wider allies.

At a glance:

  • 13-year contract
  • UK’s Defence Equipment and Support customer
  • Includes design, manufacture, delivery/commissioning and in-service support
  • Collaboration partners – Elbit Systems UK and QinetiQ

Acquisition, integration and through-life support

Part of the Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme, MEWSIC Increment 1 covers the acquisition, integration and through-life support of a sensor suite and a command-and-control system, as well as associated systems for in-scope Royal Navy platforms.

The solution includes provision of training solutions, technical test and integration facilities alongside the support services.

The programme will see upgrades to the Radar Electronic Support Measure and Electronic Warfare Command and Control capabilities for maritime platforms. This capability will support the execution of all military tasks that exploit electromagnetic energy to enable enhanced shared situational awareness, informed command support, effective decision support and force protection. 

A collaborative approach

Babcock is the prime contractor for this programme, working together with our collaboration partners, Elbit Systems UK (ESUK) and QinetiQ.

The collaboration operates as a single team to deliver an innovative world leading solution, based upon proven operational technology providing in-depth knowledge of the platforms and experience in delivering digital Electronic Support Measures on a global basis.

All ship fits will be undertaken in the UK as will all new development activity, and the collaboration is supporting ongoing significant investment in technology and infrastructure in the UK, and throughout the life of the contract is creating new skilled jobs in manufacturing and software development.

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