The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy (RN) has awarded a contract to Babcock International to provide a Maritime Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) capability.
As part of the Ardent Wolf contract, the company will supply, equip and ensure the maintenance in service of the CESM of the Type 23 or Duke frigates of the RN.
In addition, Babcock will provide associated repair and maintenance services, contractor logistics support, equipment installation, required updates, system and design security and training support.
The latest six-year award builds on Babcock’s existing partnership with the UK RN, as the primary support partner for Type 23 vessels.
Babcock’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Richard Drake, said: “Babcock has a rich history of providing specialist communications support to the RN fleet and we are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver Ardent Wolf.
“Ardent Wolf will significantly enhance the RN’s CESM capability, and we are proud to deliver a robust, UK-developed solution that will serve as a pathfinder for future Signal Intelligence programs.
The Duke-class fleet was designed to protect maritime trade routes in the South Atlantic region to serve national interests.
The new CESM system will provide increased safety for British Navy crew members.
This capability is being installed to replace the aging Hammerhead system on Type 23 ships.
Babcock has supported the old suite for the past six years to ensure a low-risk transition.
The contract to install the Hammerhead suite was awarded by the UK Ministry of Defense to Babcock in November 2013. It was to replace the older Lighthouse CESM system.
Babcock recently announced the start of post-life extension (LIFEX) work on the Type 23 ship HMS Argyll.