£18m contract to support Royal Navy radar systems

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin has announced a new £18 million contract to support the Royal Navy’s air defence fleet and sustain Chelmsford jobs.

The new contract ensures that the continued availability of the battle-winning Long Range Radar (LRR) equipment on the UK’s six Type 45 Destroyers, including maintenance and repairs. The Long Range Radar provides the Royal Navy with a detailed air surveillance picture of the battlespace, capable of automatically detecting and tracking hundreds of separate targets simultaneously at ranges of greater than 200 miles.

Visiting BAE Systems’ Great Baddow site in Chelmsford, Baldwin said that the work will sustain 11 highly-skilled jobs with BAE Systems in Chelmsford, as well as four in Portsmouth.

Baldwin said: “It’s been great seeing the cutting-edge innovation of British industry today, especially as my first experience of British business was so close to this site. This multi-million pound contract will boost the future of both this high-tech hub and our Navy’s battle-winning radars.”

Please register to comment on this article