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Babcock preferred bidder for Royal Navy contract

03 April 2017 07:23

Babcock has been selected as preferred bidder for all four elements of a Ministry of Defence programme to become Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) for the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers and Type 45 Destroyers.

The possible deal was potentially worth in the region of £360m over seven years.

Babcock said that subject to contract and with the support of its key partners, it would become the Systems Technical Authority for the platform and propulsion systems on both classes of vessel.

Babcock said that as Systems Technical Authority, it would manage the technical configuration of those systems, manage obsolescence issues and work with the equipment suppliers to develop and manage system upgrades.

It said: "MSSP includes all power and propulsion systems including gas turbines, diesel engines, electrical distribution and platform management systems as well as a variety of on-board systems, including air conditioning, filtration, waste management, valves and pumps, fire-fighting equipment, highly mechanised equipment, lifts, cranes and refuel-at-sea capabilities."

As part of MSSP, Babcock would also supply spares and in-service support to mitigate the risks to maritime equipment availability arising from routine maintenance and unforeseen in-service failures.

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