BAE Systems has subcontracted L-3 Marine Systems UK to provide its integrated platform management system (IPMS) for use on the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS).

Under the design development agreement with BAE, L-3 will be involved in the initial design and development activities to support ship integration of its IPMS for the Type 26 ship.

The UK Ministry of Defence had awarded a contract to BAE to design the Type 26 ships, which will replace the Type 23 frigates that are currently in service with the Royal Navy.

L-3 Marine Systems UK general manager Roger Baker said: "Our advanced IPMS will enable these next-generation ships to achieve high levels of operational effectiveness under the most adverse conditions.

"We are very pleased to be a key supplier to BAE Systems on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme."

"We are very pleased to be a key supplier to BAE Systems on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme."

The L-3 IPMS is based on control systems technology, which was delivered to around 160 ships and submarines in 18 navies across the globe.

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The IPMS will offer automated monitoring on the Type 26 frigates, and will be involved in the control of the propulsion, electrical, auxiliary and damage control systems, together with an embedded onboard team trainer.

In addition, the system will help watch-keeping and damage control teams to operate safely under all operational conditions, while meeting the rigorous reduced manning requirements of the project.

Using Canada-based affiliate L-3 MAPP’s core technology, the firm will carry out the activities at its facilities in Bristol, Burgess Hill and Barrow-in-Furness.

Image: The Type 26 Global Combat Ships are being designed by BAE Systems for the UK Ministry of Defence. Photo: courtesy of L-3 Communications MAPPS Inc.