Britain’s Royal Navy has received a new partner called Viasat, whose purpose will be to develop satellite communications technology for the agency’s upcoming war armament ship or frigate. Royal Navy is designing five warships that will be hosting the technology that the company receives from Viasat. This piece came in early this month through the agency’s publishing media. Viasat is a US company renown for developing defense systems for various governments, including the US itself.
Viasat’s technology will facilitate the delivery of secure, uninterrupted communication details, voice-overs, and other intel from the satellites to the warships navigating Britain waters. Babcock, which has been overseeing the contract delegation to various companies, was instrumental in the procession of this contract with Viasat. The Britain Ministry of Defence recalled a similar moment last year when it accepted Viasat to develop its Huitfeldt-class warship components and delivered quality for the value they paid.
Babcock revealed that over three-quarters of the contracts have reached the companies, and the project is proceeding as scheduled. This revelation holds even with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic woes.
Another contractor in this program is BAE Systems, which received a contract to supply two Bofors 40 Mk4 and one Bofors 57 Mk3 war systems in the five ships that the Britain Royal Navy is developing. This company revealed that they had delegated this task to its Karlskoga plant in Sweden. The company added that the machines would be ready in the next four years.
Elsewhere, Thales Tactics will be supplying the combat management system, MAN Energy Solutions will bring in propellers and shaft lines, and Renk will deliver the reduction gearboxes. Other companies like MTU will develop the engines and generators to run the warships, while Raytheon Anschutz will assemble the navigation and bridge compartments.
In total, Babcock explained that there would be 31 companies delivering different components of the warship, which will then be integrated to form a frigate that can go to war with any nation. The first ship will be active in the next seven years after accumulating all its essentials and undergoing pilot tests.
Scotland has a shipyard where the Royal Navy owns a 65000-ton warship that came to its completion not long ago. This ship will be hosting aircrafts since its capacity can sustain them. The five warships being developed will cost $324 million each and start substituting the depreciating Type 23 warships in 2028. Babcock stated that it has finished reviewing the draft plan for the ships.
To sum up, Viasat stated that it would be keen to keep this commercial customer and offer other services that have been its trademark in the space industry and business. Some of the activities it was talking about include developing modern command, control, and communication system to meet customer needs.