UK-based ship control systems supplier Servowatch is delivering its integrated platform management system (IPMS) to the Royal Navy’s initial three River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
The deal will see the company supply an IPMS control and monitoring package for propulsion of the vessels, as well as power generation, heating ventilation and air conditioning, fire-detection, tank gauging systems and auxiliary services.
Servowatch Sales and Marketing director Andrew Burns said: “With military vessels increasing in complexity, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical components.
“Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution, allowing more commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product integration. It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product.
“We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with BAE Systems Naval Ships’ own teams of experts to enhance the capability, service and support that the company delivers to the Royal Navy’s specified requirements.”
River-class OPVs have been developed by BAE Systems Naval Ships, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK-based company BAE Systems.
The new ships will be equipped with the IPMS solution, and will function as a modified version of a proven OPV design already operational within the Brazilian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy.
Vessels will be equipped with more storage capacity and accommodation facilities, in addition to a flight deck able to operate advanced Merlin Helicopters.
Manufacture of the first four OPVs has already begun at BAE Systems’ Glasgow facilities in the UK.
Servowatch previously secured a contract to deliver its IPMS systems to two more ships, Tamar and Spey, as announced by the UK Government in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in November 2015.