BAE Systems has announced plans for a £10m investment to upgrade its Maritime Integration & Support Centre (MISC), which is located on Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, UK.

BAE’s MISC facility features the same combat system technology used on the British Royal Navy’s surface fleet.

The centre accurately imitates real-life ship conditions in order to enable the development and testing of combat systems’ key elements prior to their installation.

The Type 45 destroyer-shaped facility also provides thorough life-support for the systems after they are commissioned into service.

“The Maritime Integration & Support Centre is a vital facility for ensuring combat systems equipment aboard the Royal Navy’s fleet remains at peak operational performance.”

BAE’s MISC facility is slated to be equipped with an advanced visualisation suite as part of the upgrade programme, which is intended to provide the company’s Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Services (NCSISS) engineers with live tactical data from any Royal Navy warship worldwide.

The initiative will also include research into new technologies such as artificial intelligence, information and electronic warfare, unmanned vehicles and new weapons in support of the development of future combat systems.

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BAE Systems Naval Ships Combat Systems director Richard Williams said: “The Maritime Integration & Support Centre is a vital facility for ensuring combat systems equipment aboard the Royal Navy’s fleet remains at peak operational performance and allows us to continue our work on the combat systems of the future.

“Our investment will ensure the MISC will build on the success it has enjoyed since opening in 2004 and help us understand how new technologies can be introduced to keep navies safe.”

The investment programme is expected to enable the MISC to provide support for combat systems integration activities on-board the next generation of Royal Navy warships.

The MISC facility has previously provided remote support during the installation of mission-critical systems on the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

It is currently scheduled to extend support for the integration of combat systems on-board HMS Prince of Wales later this year, in addition to testing equipment for the new City-class Type 26 Global Combat Ships.