PORTSMOUTH, the United Kingdom (BulgarianMilitary.com) – BAE Systems announced on Monday (7th January 2019) that the company will provide essential mission system support to the United Kingdom Royal Navy’s largest ever warships, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES, which is part of an updated integration services agreement, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
BAE Systems Naval Ships Combat Systems Director Richard Williams commented, “NCSISS [Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Services] is a real success story for BAE Systems and provides essential support to the UK Royal Navy. Working in collaboration with QinetiQ and DE&S we have ensured the UK’s surface fleet is at peak operational performance and are pleased to extend that support to the nation’s flagship HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and her sister ship HMS PRINCE OF WALES.”
Through an addition to the NCSISS contract, BAE Systems will provide complex system engineering of world class so that to ensure both aircraft carriers are kept ready for operations.
DE&S Head of Maritime Combat Systems Jo Osburn clarified, “Extending the NCSISS arrangement to include the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers has provided a facility to test and assure new capabilities ahead of instillation into the platform. BAE Systems’ role in supporting the Combat System Enterprise through NCSISS will enable agile Operational Support to this new Class of Warship for her current equipment as well as de-risking the addition of the new systems and equipment planned in the near to medium term.”
The Queen Elizabeth Class mission systems involve sixty-two individual sub-systems. They all are vital for the purposes of delivery of aircraft carrier operations and allow crews to assess and respond to threats, manage aircraft movements, and plan joint, air and maritime operations.
Under the new agreement, referred to as NCSISS phase 2.2, the mission systems of both ships mentioned above will be supported by engineers of BAE Systems based at the Maritime Integration Support Centre (MISC) of the company in Portsmouth.
The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier programme has been supported by the MISC since 2009. The centre also played a vital role in the preparation of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH for her first of class flight trials.
The two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy will make it one of the “best navies in the world” according to HMS Prince of Wales captain, quoted by Portsmouth News: The News.
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Source: BAE Systems, Portsmouth News: The News