BAE Systems has selected Raytheon Anschütz to supply the integrated navigation and bridge system (INBS) for the UK Royal Navy's new Type 26 global combat ships (GCS).
Under this contract, Raytheon Anschütz will be responsible for delivering the INBS solution for the first three ships in the series.
Raytheon will also offer customer-specific design and development, a land-based integration facility, and a wide range of services until the completion of sea trials.
The Type 26 multi-mission warships are being designed to conduct multinational missions, including complex combat operations, counter-piracy and humanitarian, and disaster relief work.
Raytheon Anschütz's Synapsis INBS is designed to improve situational awareness and provide easy adaptation to suit different and changing mission scenarios.
The solution, which also supports situational activities, represents the cutting-edge of bridge systems interoperability, integration, scalability and performance.
In another development, Rohde & Schwarz has secured a contract from BAE to equip the Type 26 GCS with an integrated communications system.
Rohde & Schwarz's integrated communications system interconnects the distributed on-board voice terminals and all other subsystems for internal and external communications through a uniform IP network.
With the use of conventional IT technology with accreditable security, the number of voice terminals can be minimised and ATEX smartphones can be employed within security-critical environments, the company stated.
Construction of the first Type 26 GCS vessel is scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be commissioned after 2020.
The Royal Navy is expected to receive 13 ships, which are likely to replace ageing Type 23 Duke-class ships.
In addition, General Electric (GE) Marine recently received a contract to deliver its electrical power and propulsion to Type 26 GCS.
Image: Type 26 Global Combat Ship is expected to be the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.