BAE Turns Over Patrol Vessel to UK MoD

The U.K. ministry of defense has formally accepted a BAE Systems-built River-class offshore patrol vessel designed to help protect the country’s territories and interests worldwide.

HMS Forth will remain at the Scotstoun yard in Glasgow, Scotland for additional work before its commissioning at the Portsmouth Naval Base later this year, BAE said Thursday.

The company also started to construct the second hull section of the first City-class frigate, dubbed Glasgow, as part of BAE’s production support for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship program.

MoD awarded a potential $4.8 billion contract to BAE Systems in July to build three Type 26 ships for the country’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship program which aims to replace outdated Type 23 vessels.

Guto Bepp, U.K.’s minister for defense procurement, said the progress of the Type 26 program represents the country’s dedication to built new warships while sustaining approximately 4,000 jobs in Scotland.

BAE noted the Medway City-class frigate will depart for trials before July while the Tamar and Spey River-class OPVs are being built at the company’s facility in Govan.

General Electric also received a potential $8 million contract from the British defense contractor to help establish an Electrical Integration and Test Facility in Leicestershire which will host de-risking integration tests for the propulsion systems of Type 26 vessels.

You may also be interested in...

Nimbix

Nimbix Unveils High-Performance Computing Offerings for Gov’t Customers

Nimbix has announced availability of its high-performance computing services to support cloud platforms compliant with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and other government-imposed security standards. The company said Tuesday its JARVICE XE and HyperHub platforms offer HPC for artificial intelligence and simulation uses in defense, aerospace, energy and health care industries.

Tutor Perini

Tutor Perini Subsidiary Awarded $67M for Defense, Homeland Security Infrastructure Projects

A Tutor Perini subsidiary has booked $66.9 million in two awards for construction efforts with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Perini Management Services Inc. will renovate U.S. Air Force Academy's Cadet Field House in Colorado and design and build a dormitory at the Glynco campus for DHS.

Intelligent Artifacts

Intelligent Artifacts to Launch R&D on Sensor Fusion Tech for USAF

New York-based artificial intelligence company Intelligent Artifacts has secured a contract of an undisclosed sum through the first phase of the Small Business Innovation Research program to explore and develop a sensor fusion technology for the U.S. Air Force.