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The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a
three-year contract to provide engineering and
other services to modernize weapon launch
platforms on U.S. and allied submarines, with
the company making the announcement on
The initial award from the Naval Undersea
Warfare Center is valued at $3.4 million, with the
total value of the three-year contract estimated at
BAE Systems experts will provide a wide range
of support services, including development,
analysis and integration of new weapon launch
and payload systems; mechanical configuration
and interface control; and fabrication, assembly,
installation and evaluation of test facilities and
naval platforms. The company’s unique team of
highly qualified engineers and specialists will
continue to provide on-call, expert knowledge of
legacy submarine systems.
“Our team reflects a remarkable scope of
experience and knowledge, from our skilled
engineers and former sailors to our youngest
and newest members,” said Mark Keeler, vice
president and general manager of Integrated
Electronics & Warfare Systems at BAE Systems.
“By combining legacy knowledge with
operational understanding and new engineering
tools, we’ve been proudly evolving to support
this important customer for more than 40 years.”
Work on the latest award will be performed
at BAE Systems’ facilities in Middletown, Rhode
Island, and Groton, Connecticut, and will support
U.S. Navy operations across the globe.
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode
Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base
Kings Bay following routine operations. (U.S. Navy
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rex
Major General Paul McLachlan, Head of Land Systems
at the Defence Materiel Organisation, officially opened the
facility in a ceremony also attended by Townsville MP
Scott Stewart, representing the Premier of Queensland,
plus Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins and other
The team in Townsville will primarily support the ADF’s
life-saving Bushmaster vehicles, which have proven so
effective in protecting Australian troops on operations.
The Townsville facility will supplement the
company’s main Bushmaster support centre at Eagle
Farm, Queensland, and also the protected vehicles
manufacturing facility in Bendigo, Victoria.
Kevin Wall, Thales Australia’s Protected Vehicles Vice
President, said: “We are committed to providing the best
support for the Bushmaster fleet around the country, and
our investment in this new facility will deliver convenient
services close to a major Army base.”
babcock signs $nZ300
With the neW Zealand
Babcock International Group announced on
April 22 that it has renewed a $NZ300 million
agreement with the Government of New Zealand
which will see the company deliver through life
engineering support services across the New
Zealand naval fleet for the next seven years.
Under the renewed contract, Babcock New Zealand
will assume the role of Prime Systems Integrator
(PSI) for the Royal New Zealand Navy under a five
year + two agreement. The New Zealand Ministry of
Defence may also access this agreement enabling
even greater opportunities for efficiency, cost
management and vessel availability for the Navy.
Babcock operates New Zealand's largest marine
engineering and maintenance support facility in
Devonport, Auckland, which is also home to the
RNZN and its fleet of eleven surface ships. While
support of those vessels is the primary objective
of the agreement, the site also boasts New
Zealand's largest dry-dock which enables a range
of commercial ship maintenance to be undertaken
alongside Navy work.
Babcock Australasia Chief Executive Officer
Craig Lockhart said the agreement gave the NZDF
total “reach back” into the Babcock Marine and
Technology Division which supports naval operations
around the globe.
“This agreement not only introduces a new and
improved commercial relationship but integrates our
teams in a way where we can achieve much greater
levels of program availability, capability and certainty
of delivery at lower cost,” Mr Lockhart said.
“The new arrangement has allowed for significant
numbers of New Zealand Naval personnel to be
integrated within the Babcock structure providing real
benefits to both organisations.”
thales oPens neW aUstralian site in toWnsville
Thales announced on April 21 that it has strengthened its support to the Australian Defence Force with
the opening of a new facility in Townsville, Queensland.
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