BAE scoops IT contract to help train submariners

PROJECT A Vanguard Class submarine
PROJECT A Vanguard Class submarine
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DEFENCE giant BAE Systems has been awarded a £22.5m IT contract to carry out warfare training support for the Royal Navy.

The seven-year deal will see BAE Systems engineers work alongside the Royal Navy training team at HMS Collingwood, Clyde and Devonport naval bases to keep the Submarine and Mine Warfare Command Team training systems updated and maintained.

As well as providing technical support for IT systems, the BAE Systems team will be able to build additional training elements into the system to make sure sailors are learning emerging warfare training requirements as command systems evolve across the submarine and minehunting fleet.

This includes developing training exercises for the new Astute class submarines and the navy’s current nuclear Vanguard class boats.

David Leitch, who is naval command and information systems director for BAE Systems Mission Systems, said: ‘Delivering this new contract alongside our established Maritime Composite Training System and Astute Class Training Service contracts will help us continue to deliver cost-effective warfare mission training systems and services to the Royal Navy.’

The new contract deal comes on the back of a £47m contract to provide support for the Combat Management System on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and medical support ship RFA Argus, which is currently stationed off Libya.

Mike Holstead, who is naval team leader for the Defence Equipment and Support arm of the Ministry of Defence, said: ‘This new contract builds on the existing relationship we have with BAE Systems.

‘The MoD looks forward to proactive management of obsolescence, which will enable continuation of high quality training delivery for the Royal Navy.’