BAE Systems will continue to provide combat systems integration services to the UK Royal Navy, under a ten-and-a-half-year contract extension.

The follow-on contract requires the company to provide combat systems integration services to both in-service and future platforms, including Type 45 destroyers, new Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers, and Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

UK Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: “This contract is great news for the Royal Navy and for jobs in the region. Our commitment to Portsmouth is demonstrated by the Ministry of Defence’s £100m investment over the next six years.

"We are ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment and support they need to keep the UK safe and secure."

“With a rising defence budget we are ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment and support they need to keep the UK safe and secure.”

BAE Systems will deliver the services in collaboration with QinetiQ and Defence & Equipment Support (DE&S), and from its Maritime Integration Support Centre (MISC) facility at Portsdown Technology Park in Portsmouth.

The latest award is an extension for Phase I of the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Services (NCSISS) contract that was awarded in March 2012.

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BAE Systems Combat Systems director Richard Williams said: “The award of the NCSISS phase two contract is a vital part of our continuing support to the Royal Navy and secures BAE Systems’ position at the heart of naval combat systems integration for the next decade.

“It will ensure the UK’s highly complex and capable surface ships remain at peak operational performance, able to deploy the latest technology in support of the nation’s requirements long into the future.”

Image: BAE Systems has received NCSISS phase II contract. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.