BAE Systems has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a new data management system to enhance the Royal Navy’s ship availability.

The five-year contract includes UK naval ships such as the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 destroyers, and the new Type 26 frigates.

Known as ‘Support Information Knowledge Management (S-IKM)’, the new solution will enable management of huge data for fleet on-shore support and maintenance securely and efficiently.

It uses data analytics to inform through-life support and improve ship availability for the Royal Navy.

According to the company, the support and maintenance services are also provided for technical manuals, schematics and part numbers.

The data sharing across the support enterprise, comprising the Royal Navy, the MOD and other industrial suppliers, allows in providing better support to ships.

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The S-IKM tool will also enhance the operational support delivered to service crew at sea.

The MOD can retain ownership and control of the data.

BAE Systems Maritime Services managing director David Mitchard said: “This contract is a critical part of supporting the Royal Navy’s digital transformation.

“By delivering sophisticated data analytics and through-life support tools, we can significantly improve ship availability.

“Combining our digital expertise with a deep understanding of the Royal Navy and a genuine commitment to innovate, I’m confident we can make a real difference to warship support.”

To develop S-IKM tool, BAE Systems collaborated with industry experts, identified and integrated specialist technologies from other expert suppliers.

These technologies include Eurostep’s ShareAspace product lifecycle management (PLM) collaboration software, TIBCO’s data management & analytics platform, as well as Genpact’s Cora SeQuence business process management software.

BAE said that the S-IKM contract will be delivered as part of the UK MOD’s £1bn Common Support Model (CSM).

The CSM framework integrates existing separate support agreements for individual ship types into a single model.