Rolls-Royce to supply propellers and mission bay technology for UK Type 26 Frigate

Rolls-Royce has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The contracts cover the first three ships – the first of which is currently under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow.

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The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind and a key feature which sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay. The Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System, will enable efficient movement of craft and containerised mission packages within the mission bay. It also features a launch and recovery capability.

Each ship will feature two Rolls-Royce fixed bolted propellers, designed for extremely low underwater-radiated noise, suited to the ships’ key role of anti-submarine warfare.

You can read Rolls Royce press release here.

Babcock to open a new base in South Korea to support submarine program

Babcock International has announced that it is to open a facility in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city after its capital Seoul.

Babcock International Defence Systems Technology managing director Jeff Lewis said: “Establishing Babcock Korea in Busan will help to support the Jangbogo III programme and will give us access to local skills to support our supply chain, manufacturing and contract activities.

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The company will set up a new office facility in the large Port city of Busan; which they say is an ideal location to support Jangbogo III, South Korea’s first indigenous submarine programme, and new business within the wider defence industry. Babcock is working closely with the Busan Metropolitan City Government and the British Embassy to establish its South Korean base with the facility due to be opened within the next few months according to a release.

In September 2017 Babcock was awarded a seven-year contract to produce and deliver weapons handling and launch equipment for the third KSS-III submarine. This followed an earlier deal in which Babcock was contracted to supply a similar type of equipment set, known as the Weapon Handling Launch System (WHLS), for the first and second boats in the same class.