BAE Systems has awarded 15 more manufacturing contracts in support of the Type 26 global combat ship programme.

With the latest contract awards, the company is increasing the number of UK maritime jobs supported by the programme to more than 4,500.

The latest contracts are worth more than £40m and include delivery of diesel and gearbox filtration, vibration monitoring equipment, as well as pipework and fittings.

Of all the 15 companies, Goodwins Steel Casting was awarded one of the largest contracts where the shaft brackets supplied by the Staffordshire company will help support more than 380 jobs.

Goodwins Steel Casting managing director Steven Birks said: “We are delighted to have been selected to supply the critical duty steel castings for the Royal Navy’s first three City Class Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

“These will be manufactured from our advanced facilities here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

“By engaging early with BAE Systems, our engineering teams have developed castings that will exceed the stringent technical requirements set out in the tender, and will be manufactured from our advanced facilities here in Stoke-on-Trent.”

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The other companies awarded manufacturing contracts include Bruel & Kjaer, Calzoni, GEA, Hutchinson Stop-choc, Raytheon Anschutz, Righton, and Rolls-Royce.

The contracts cover areas such as supply of hull vibration monitoring equipment, main hanger closure and mission bay enclosures, diesel fuel filtration and gearbox filtration, marine evacuation system, and visual surveillance system (VSS), as well as helicopter starting and servicing system.

The Type 26 global combat ship will be a globally deployable, multi-mission warship that can perform a variety of roles ranging from high-intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance.

The ship’s modular design and open systems architecture facilitates easy upgrading as new technology develops.

In addition, the ship can be equipped with different sub-systems and equipment to meet potential overseas customer needs.