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BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

14 December 2017
The JSS2 contract will include support for the Type 45 CMS-1 system, and the rollout of the Shared Infrastructure to all six ships. Source: Richard Scott/NAVYPIX

Key Points

  • BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships
  • The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has established an overarching framework for comprehensive support across the RN fleet

BAE Systems has been awarded a new long-term contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to manage, maintain, and evolve the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted fleetwide to Royal Navy (RN) surface ships.

Valued at approximately GBP200 million (USD267 million), the Joint Support Solution 2 (JSS2) programme follows on from the original JSS contract signed with the MoD in 2010. The new contract, let by the Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) team in Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in August, forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has established an overarching framework for comprehensive support across the RN fleet.

Running to the end of March 2024, the JSS 2 contract funds BAE Systems Naval Ships for the continued in-service support (to include software technical refreshes and updates, technical support, repair, maintenance, and replacement of hardware and design changes) of the CMSs and associated systems fitted to more than 35 RN ships. These comprise the 13 Type 23 frigates, 6 Type 45 destroyers, the 2 Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers, the landing platform dock ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark , the landing platform helicopter HMS Ocean , RFA Argus , and the Hunt , and Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels.

According to Steve Carter, BAE Systems combat systems equipment programmes IPT leader, the JSS2 contract builds on the previous JSS arrangement, but introduces a number of changes with regard to its contracting mechanism and scope of delivery.

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