Babcock to continue supporting Phalanx close-in weapon systems in the Royal Navy

Phalanx CIWS on HMS Defender (Credit: Royal Navy)

Babcock International has been awarded a two-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to continue in-service support to the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS).

Phalanx CIWS is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm Gatling gun system and is the Royal Navy’s primary defence for ships against the threat of anti-ship missiles, Babcock announced.

According to the firm, the £15m agreement will see Babcock continue in-service support to the system from specialized facilities at the Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.

Babcock is responsible for technical support, upgrades, maintenance, and ensuring operational availability of the Weapons Systems to the Royal Navy fleet on an Asset Availability Service basis.

Richard Drake, Managing Director, Babcock Defence Systems Technology, said:

“We are delighted to extend once again our role supplying in-service support that ensures the availability of the Royal Navy’s Phalanx weaponry. Using our global support capability and program-specific expertise built up over many years, we are well-positioned to continue providing the Royal Navy with first-class in-service support to its gunnery.”

Babcock has been a partner on the Phalanx CIWS program since 2006, managing and executing all upkeep support activities, including a 24/7 helpdesk for the Royal Navy and providing logistics support for spares and repairable units.

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