This contract will see the deployment and integration of BAE Systems’ Integrated Data Environment (IDE) to enable effective and efficient shore-side support to Halifax-Class frigates. The IDE will allow Fleetway engineers and their enterprise partners to collaborate easily and gain access to engineering life cycle management data, as well as to share, withdraw, edit and re-publish data necessary for supporting the vessels. It will also facilitate a clearer understanding of the complex network of interdependencies between ship systems and components. This will help decrease support time and cost and enable Fleetway to maximise fleet availability. Fleetway will benefit from access to a range of BAE Systems digital capabilities, including its expertise in configuration management, obsolescence management, and digital twinning.
“This contract is testament to our pedigree in naval ship support and the value that our digital solutions and expertise have been shown to deliver,” added Darren Nice, Head of Digital Services at BAE Systems Maritime Services. “As organisations and armed forces around the world continue to digitise their operations, we will continue to develop a range of first-class integrated, through-life, digital solutions that help organisations deliver operational excellence and maximum availability.”
“As the prime contractor providing in-service support to the Halifax Class frigates, Fleetway is well known for its outstanding naval engineering and design services,” commented John Newton, Managing Director Fleetway. “To meet the challenges of the next phase in the life of these incredible Canadian-built warships, we have partnered with a world-best to assure excellence in the delivery of our services to the Royal Canadian Navy. Our combined intellect and efforts, especially the adoption of advanced digital tools informed by decades of learning on these complex ships will facilitate agile, smart and efficient solutions to the toughest engineering and maintenance challenges while keeping the fleet available for operations.”
This is the latest in a series of contracts awarded to BAE Systems for work with the Royal Canadian Navy. In February 2019, BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship was chosen as the design for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), Canada’s 15 new multi-purpose frigates. BAE Systems also supports and repairs Canada’s Victoria-class submarines and BAE Systems recently hosted the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Toronto, at Portsmouth Naval Base, where it performed a number of repairs. This Halifax-class project further underscores the trust placed in BAE Systems to deliver technological innovation to the Canadian Armed Forces. BAE Systems brings a strong pedigree of maritime and information management expertise to this partnership. The Company has recently delivered a number of sophisticated information and data management and digital support solutions for other navies around the world.