Fleetway has contracted BAE Systems to deliver on-shore digital solutions to support Royal Canadian Navy ships.
Under the contract, Fleetway will get access to BAE Systems’ Integrated Data Environment (IDE) enabling shore-side support for Canada’s Halifax-class Frigates.
BAE Systems said the contract would allow Fleetway to benefit from its ‘expertise in configuration management, obsolescence management, and digital twinning.’
Fleetway is the prime contractor for in-service support of the Halifax-class frigates.
Fleetway managing director John Newton said: “To meet the challenges of the next phase in the life of these incredible Canadian-built warships, we have partnered with a world-best to assure excellence in the delivery of our services to the Royal Canadian Navy.
“Our combined intellect and efforts, especially the adoption of advanced digital tools informed by decades of learning on these complex ships will facilitate agile, smart and efficient solutions to the toughest engineering and maintenance challenges while keeping the fleet available for operations.”
BAE Systems said access to IDE would allow Fleetway’s engineers and partners to collaborate more efficiently and improve the process of sharing, editing, and publishing data needed to support the vessels.
BAE added that the system could help reduce support time and increase fleet availability.
BAE Systems Maritime Services head of digital services Darren Nice said: “This contract is testament to our pedigree in naval ship support and the value that our digital solutions and expertise have been shown to deliver.
“As organisations and armed forces around the world continue to digitise their operations, we will continue to develop a range of first-class integrated, through-life, digital solutions that help organisations deliver operational excellence and maximum availability.”
The contract extends BAE Systems work in Canada, with the company’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship design having been selected for the country’s 15-vessel Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme.