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BAE Teams For Type 45 Communications (Mar. 20) the machin truc

BAE Systems C4ISR's Communications & Defence Infrastructure of Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom, has entered into two new partnerships as part of its activities to provide world class communications for the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers.

Firstly, it has selected Secure Systems Production Limited of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, as its partner to develop an innovative dual processor concept for the User Data Terminal (UDT), as part of the ongoing evolution of the Type 45 Fully Integrated Communications System (FICS).The unique design of a dual processor within a single workstation enables it to perform the different roles of system management, military messaging and ship administration simultaneously, minimising the number of display units required within the vessels.

The UDT will be developed and proven during 2002, with delivery of production units for the first batch of three ships beginning in 2004.

Secondly, the BAE Systems team has also ordered three terminals to handle the Type 45 FICS Link 16 requirements from Data Link Solutions, a 50/50 joint venture between BAE Systems, Wayne, New Jersey, and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, for delivery during 2003.

BAE Systems and Data Link Solutions have previously partnered within the Royal Naval Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (RNJTIDS) programme, which saw Link 16 terminals developed for the Royal Navy and installed within Type 42 Destroyers and Royal Navy aircraft carriers.


The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence awarded a contract in February 2001 for the development and installation of the FICS to Thales Communications Ltd, which are working in partnership with the BAE Systems C4ISR's Communications & Defence Infrastructure team to fulfil the requirement.

BAE Systems C4ISR is a global centre of excellence supplying innovative, network enhanced, capability provision solutions. The Group integrates advanced civil and military technologies into robust, single-service and purple defence information management environments, radically optimising the operational effectiveness of command & control and platforms within the digitized battlespace, providing architectures to dominate the decision-making cycle.

BAE Systems employs 120,000 people and has annual sales of around £13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, C4ISR solutions, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products.


BAE Systems Partners To Fulfil Communications System For Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyers