08 Aug 2013

Babcock awarded German equipment modernisation contract

Summary: Babcock has been awarded a four-year contract by the Ministry of Defence’s Air Defence and Air Traffic Systems Delivery Team for the overhaul and modernisation of former German Air Force equipment.

Under the £4m contract, Babcock will undertake the full refurbishment and modernisation of two radar systems and provide spares to support them, as well as providing all training and documentation and additional technical tasks.

The win coincides with the publication of Babcock’s financial results for Q2 2013, with the company announcing an increase of 3.9% on last year’s figures. The company is expecting 2013 consolidated revenues to be between $3.4bn and $3.5bn.

Overhaul work on the German equipment will include the dismantling of all installations, assemblies and subassemblies; undertaking repairs, refurbishment or replacement as required; and restoring the system including alignment and calibration, integration, acceptance testing and commissioning.

The modernisation aspect of the project will enhance system operability, reliability and maintainability. This will include introducing LCD displays, replacing certain components and introducing modern digital electronics and options for enhancements to the training system, such as on-board air-conditioning and dehumidification and the integration of a new long-range thermal and visual imager.

Babcock also already provides in-depth repair and support services to the ADATS-DT across a range of complex systems including the SA-8s.

Babcock Defence Communications Director Tom Mulhall said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract to refurbish and modernise the SA-8s. We look forward to building on our successful completion of the similar SA-6 contract and to applying our proven experience, people and resources to manage and deliver the SA-8 project successfully, safely and reliably, ensuring maximum availability of the systems at RAF Spadeadam.”