The UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) unit has awarded a contract to Babcock International Group for the delivery of more than 10,000 different types of consumable items to the British Royal Navy.

The new deal is estimated to be worth approximately £107m over the next seven years.

Babcock International is expected to supply a large number of individual items to all current and future Royal Navy vessels during this period, including the newest Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

The contracted items will be required for the everyday maintenance and operation of the vessels, and will include electrical cable, straps, small valves, bearings, gaskets, pipes, pistons, pumps, motors and electrical components.

DE&S chief of materiel (Ships) Sir Simon Bollom said: “The Royal Navy relies on expert, sustained support through partnerships across UK defence in order to protect the nation’s interests at home and abroad.”

The new contract will allow the MoD to save approximately £3m of British taxpayer funds by combining eight older contracts under a comprehensive management arrangement.

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UK Defence Procurement Minister Harriett Baldwin said: “This new contract will provide all the supplies our ships and personnel require being effective on operations.

"The Royal Navy relies on expert, sustained support through partnerships across UK defence in order to protect the nation’s interests at home and abroad."

“This also brings the previous contract under one deal, delivering improved efficiencies and highlighting how we are being smarter about support.

"These efficiencies are ensuring that our £178m defence equipment plan is going towards the state-of-the-art kit our armed forces deserve.”

The MoD has also awarded new contracts worth roughly £72m to BAE Systems for the provision of support to the advanced Sampson multi-function radar systems on-board the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.

Additionally, BAE Systems has received the Commander T101 radar support extension project for the next four years, as well as a five-year contract covering technical support such as on-board maintenance, spares and repairs management at the company's Cowes site on the Isle of Wight.

Image: Two of the contracts announced will support the Sampson multi-function radar, operational on-board the British Royal Navy's Type 45 destroyers. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.