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10 December 2018

Arrowhead shortlisted for Type 31(e) competition
Babcock welcomes the Ministry of Defence announcement that Team 31 has been shortlisted in the UK’s Type 31(e) Frigate competition and will now undertake funded development of our detailed design. We believe that the combined skills of our collective team will deliver an affordable and effective Type31e Frigate programme for the Royal Navy and real benefits to UK plc. With a high degree of UK content and innovative technologies, our Arrowhead 140 solution is a proven, capable, and adaptable general purpose frigate design which offers something new and exciting for export markets and will meet customers’ expectations both now and in the future.

 

13 July 2018

Babcock Team 31 to host second Type 31e supplier’s conference in Bristol

Babcock Team 31 is poised to welcome a host of industrial specialists to its second Type 31e Suppliers’ Conference in Bristol – building on growing interest in its T31e bid.

Following on from the first conference in Rosyth, which saw the official unveiling of the proposed Arrowhead 140 design and a tour of Babcock’s Rosyth facility for delegates, Team 31 is meeting with supply chain companies to share the potential opportunities the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme could provide for organisations throughout the UK and in future, for export.

The Bristol Suppliers’ Conference, hosted by the Society of Maritime Industries, will provide a platform for SMEs and the wider supply chain to network with Team 31 representatives and to find out more about how their specific expertise could be utilised across the programme.

Committed to developing a genuine UK wide supply chain, if selected, Babcock Team 31’s proposal will deliver UK prosperity as shipbuilding, procurement and support service priorities are reinvigorated through this high-profile contract.

Craig Lockhart, Babcock’s Managing Director, Naval Marine said: “The Babcock Team 31 Suppliers’ Conference series is an important step in the development of our bid as we grow our already extensive supply chain and reach out to Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

“Arrowhead 140 develops a proven design that will meet the requirements of modern, global navies and it’s a product the supply chain is already showing enthusiasm to support and deliver for UK and international customers.

“We are looking forward to welcoming a wide range of companies to the event which has again attracted a high level of interest due to our distributed build and support approach.”

Backed by British engineering heritage, Babcock Team 31’s programme outlines a proven, capable and adaptable solution – which will meet the requirements of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSbS) – and offers full adaptability and customisation for domestic and international customers. And optimising established distributed build methods, the team will utilise its individual and combined expertise to deliver a programme ensured to meet the needs of any modern navy.

Babcock Team 31 is led by Babcock and includes Thales, OMT, BMT, Ferguson Marine and Harland and Wolff.

 

06 June 2018

New Babcock Team 31 sub-contractor event – Bristol

Due to the popularity of our recent Type 31e suppliers’ conference, we are pleased to be able to offer organisations another opportunity to meet Babcock Team 31 and find out more about Tier 1 and Tier 2 sub-contract opportunities.

In conjunction with the Society of Maritime Industries, the event will take place on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at The Bristol Marriot Hotel, City Centre, Bristol.

Representatives, especially from SMEs involved with shipbuilding supply chains, procurement and marketing products and services, are encouraged to attend.

CLICK HERE for further information and booking.

 

05 June 2018

Babcock Team 31 Supplier Conference

We’d like to thank everyone who attended the Babcock Team 31 suppliers’ conference at Keavil House in Dunfermline. We hope you found it an informative day and we look forward to progressing our conversations with you.

Please keep checking this site where we will keep you updated with all things Babcock Team 31 and Arrowhead 140.

 

31 May 2018

Babcock Team 31 launches Arrowhead 140 design for MOD Type 31e competition

Babcock Team 31 has today [31st May] unveiled Arrowhead 140 as its design for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) new £1.25 billion Type 31e general purpose light frigate programme.

Launching the new platform, ‘Team 31’ – led by Babcock and including fellow industry experts Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine – underlined the vessel’s established, ‘at sea’ design baseline which can be developed to meet global requirements.

With UK engineering at its core, and developing OMT’s Iver Huitfeldt hull form currently in-service for the Royal Danish Navy, Arrowhead 140 will lower programme risks through its tried and tested baseline design and is engineered to minimise through-life costs whilst delivering a truly leading edge frigate.

Craig Lockhart, Babcock’s Managing Director, Naval Marine said: “Arrowhead 140 is a proven, capable, and adaptable general purpose frigate design that, if selected, will meet the UK Royal Navy’s and global customers’ expectations both now and in the future.”

At almost 140m the platform will optimise operational flexibility. This ‘wide beam’ ship is easier to design, easier to build and easier to maintain due to its slightly larger size. And with embedded iFrigatetechnology able to deliver digitally enabled through life support, it offers extensive value for money – all within the same budget.

Craig Lockhart said: “Arrowhead 140 will provide increased survivability, operability and capability – compared to a standard 120m design. When you consider that this ship can be delivered at no extra cost and that it will support improved radar performance, increase platform stability and facilitate better helicopter operations in bad weather, whilst enhancing crew comfort – we believe it will bring a significant edge to modern naval capability.”

Arrowhead 140’s distributed build and assembly approach, comprising Babcock Appledore in North Devon, Ferguson Marine on the Clyde, Harland and Wolff in Belfast with integration at Babcock Rosyth, Fife, optimises the partners’ first-class UK facilities, innovation and skills whilst cleverly ensuring capacity for parallel programmes remains. All of which is geared to generate a genuine resurgence in shipbuilding across the UK and when coupled with the virtual design alliance between Babcock, OMT and BMT it squarely supports the intent of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Craig Lockhart continued: “More than just building a ship, Babcock Team 31 offers a unique opportunity for global navies to tap into the complete design, build and support capability for the T31e frigate. Individually all of the Babcock Team 31 members have exceptionally strong portfolios of activity and collectively we are able to introduce to the market Arrowhead 140; a general purpose light frigate package that we believe is second to none.”

Incorporating the latest iteration of Thales’ TACTICOS combat management system with fully open architecture sets Arrowhead 140 combat systems apart. Currently in service for 25 years and exported to 24 navies globally, this system and equipment in-service support package is flexible to customers’ needs over the lifetime of the platform and will maximise the combat system capability for customers. It is a system that has time and time again proven to be a leading edge solution for navies fighting tomorrow’s war.

And with extensive procurement required throughout the lifetime of the project, opportunities predominantly for UK based small to medium sized enterprises will be available to help to meet time, costs and quality standards. Interest is already strong in Team 31’s bid with more than 100 supply companies meeting Team 31 representatives at a Society of Maritime Industries facilitated suppliers’ conference in Fife.

Based on Arrowhead 140, Team 31 can build modern platforms that navies can use to tailor to their own specifications and when you add world leading experience in naval platform in-service support with a deep understanding of support cost drivers, Babcock Team 31 offers a glimpse into an exciting new world of UK and international ship build delivery and intelligent ship support with Arrowhead 140.