Babcock wins RN’s Harpoon missile in-service support contract extension

8 January 2021 (Last Updated January 8th, 2021 12:53)

Aerospace and defence company Babcock International has won the in-service support contract extension for the UK Royal Navy’s Harpoon Missile System.

Babcock wins RN’s Harpoon missile in-service support contract extension
USS Coronado launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. Credit: Lieutenant Bryce Hadley, US Navy.

Aerospace and defence company Babcock International has won the in-service support contract extension for the UK Royal Navy’s Harpoon Missile System.

The extension will allow the company to continue provide support for an additional one-year.

Babcock is responsible to provide air and missile attack defence expertise to support the Harpoon Missile System’s availability.

The long-range anti-ship missile is installed on all the UK Navy’s Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers.

Powered by a lightweight turbojet, the missile cruises at Mach 0.9 and can strike targets more than 80 miles away.

It carries a large high explosive warhead and makes use of a combination of inertial guidance and active radar homing to attack.

The company’s role in providing in-service support to the Harpoon Missile System role also covers offering operational defect support, post design services as well as the procurement of spares.

These support services ensure the missile system’s maintenance and its operational availability to the fleet.

Babcock Mission Systems director Martin Laity said: “We are pleased to continue supporting the Harpoon programme, ensuring asset availability for our customer.

“This is a vital piece of anti-ship equipment on board both the Type 23 and Type 45 that enables them to operate safely wherever they are deployed.”

Recently, Babcock secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence encompassing Equipment and Support (DE&S) for the asset availability service.

In August last year, Babcock’s Team 31 completed its Whole Ship Preliminary Design Review (WSPDR) for the Type 31 Frigate bringing to a close the programme’s engineering functional design phase.