It is often lamented that so much British defence equipment is fitted for but seemingly never with. When the Type 45 Destroyers started to come into service the absence of a close in weapons system were notable but HMS Daring is the first of class to receive her Phalanx 1B CIWS.
From Babcock Marine;
Babcock undertakes equipment procurement from the US original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Raytheon, and will supervise the installation in HMS Daring at Portsmouth Naval Base. Once the installation of the two systems is complete Babcock engineers will then commission the systems, culminating in Naval Weapon Sea Trial (NWST) including a towed target firing.
The installation of Phalanx 1B in HMS Daring represents the 5th and 6th fit of the 1B system. Under a contract held by Babcock as prime contractor to upgrade 16 Phalanx systems to the 1B system capability on Royal Navy vessels, the company has previously been responsible for two installations of the upgraded systems on Type 42 destroyer HMS York and on fleet replenishment ship RFA Fort Victoria.
In addition to providing the 1B upgrade installations, Babcock has a ten year support contract for the 36 Phalanx systems, based on providing availability of the systems throughout their life on board ship.
Also this week, BAe has been awarded a £46 million contract to provide support for the Sampson multi-function radars (MFR) on board the fleet of six Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers. The support contract, awarded by MBDA, is designed as a forerunner to a full ‘contract for availability’ arrangement and will generate data on the radar’s performance which will enable a long-term support solution to be delivered to the Royal Navy.
There is a general move towards contracting for availability in which the supplier is contracted for systems availability and incentivised for exceding availability targets.
Picture from DJ, a Think Defence commenter, thanks!