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BAE Systems - UK RN Submarine Command System Completed

BAE Systems : 26 December, 2008  (New Product)
Installation of the Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG) on HM Submarines Triumph and Tireless marked the early completion of the programme; the submarines are the final two of 12 to receive the updated command system.
The installation programme has been completed six months ahead of schedule, in large part because the BAE Systems-led team was able to reduce the time needed to make the conversion, enabling the installation to be carried out in normal alongside maintenance periods. The record was 18 days for HMS Vigilant’s conversion earlier this year.

Captain Pat O’Neill, leader of the Ministry of Defence’s Submarine Combat System Group, said, “This is a fantastic achievement. From speaking to operators and maintainers, I know how much they like SMCS NG. BAE Systems work is proof that we can get commercial off the shelf technology to sea quickly and support it affordably”.

A significant benefit from the use of commercial off the shelf technology is that over its life SMCS NG will cost 25% less to support than its predecessor, saving £22 million in the first 10 years.

SMCS NG is designed to handle the growing volume of information available in modern nuclear submarines and to control the sophisticated underwater weapons carried now and in the future. Its core capability is the assimilation of sensor data and the compilation and display of a real time tactical picture to the Submarine Command Team.

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