Naval Warfare

Babcock Awarded Royal Navy Skysiren Contract Extension

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Babcock Awarded Royal Navy Skysiren Contract Extension
Babcock Awarded Royal Navy Skysiren Contract Extension

Babcock has been awarded a 12-month contract extension to continue its support of Skysiren, the UK’s implementation of the US defence Integrated Broadcast Service. Skysiren is part of a UK Five Eyes programme, which provides the UK Armed Forces with near real time intelligence sources in a single broadcast data stream. Babcock has been installing Skysiren and providing support since 2017. This 12-month extension follows an extremely productive 2022 for the team, involving installations overseas, and on various UK Maritime platforms.

Dr Richard Drake, Babcock’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract extension by the Ministry of Defence to continue our support for Skysiren, a vitally important situational awareness tool for the UK’s Armed Forces. “The contract extension recognises our skilled team’s commitment to the programme and its record of delivering results, supporting our customer with its requirements around the world.”

Skysiren uses a tactical data processor which filters Integrated Broadcast Service data via configurable profiles. This includes situational awareness, combat identification, and critical threat warnings to enhance platform and force survivability, as well as contributing to greater interoperability with coalition forces. Babcock has also provided Skysiren design solutions for the future Type 26 and Type 31 platforms. The Type 23 frigate has Skysiren installed.

Babcock International Group plc is a British aerospace, defence and nuclear engineering services company based in London, England. It specialises in managing complex assets and infrastructure. Although the company has civil contracts, its main business is with public bodies, particularly the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Network Rail. The company has four operating sectors, with overseas operations based in Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Babcock is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

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