The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a five-year Maritime Training Systems Through-Life Availability and Support Service (MARTASS) contract to Babcock International.
The contract has been designed for consolidated delivery by the company. It involves a series of support packages defined by the Maritime Combat System and Maritime Training Acquisition Organisation teams within the UK Defence Equipment and Support.
Under the deal, Babcock International will work in close partnership with the MoD to provide support to the different training systems located across UK Royal Navy and defence establishments, including a number of naval bases and air stations.
Babcock International Defence Systems Technology managing director Jeff Lewis said: “Consolidating the existing customer training programmes ensures MARTASS offers a fit-for-purpose solution for the MoD.
“This, coupled with Babcock’s proven training portfolio and rich defence support history, will ensure that we are ideally placed to deliver this contract.”
As part of the project, the company will be responsible for the delivery of on-call engineering support, routine maintenance, as well as the modernisation and upgrade of legacy equipment, which would ensure the long-term availability of training equipment.
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Furthermore, the contract will also include the provision of in-service support, spares and repairs, and technical refresh studies and insertions.
The agreement will use capability upgrades and training studies throughout to ensure that maximum benefit is provided for the customer with a major focus on training requirements.
The MARTASS award follows a Training Equipment Support Services contract that has been delivered by the company for ten years.