Royal Navy Awards BVT Surface Fleet Support Contract

The United Kingdom faced with growing delays in constructing their two new aircraft carriers and amid concerns of declining investment in their work force awarded BVT Surface Fleet a support contract for the new class of Type 45 destroyers. The total contract is worth over $600 million and will last seven years. The contract calls for BVT Surface Fleet to centrally manage the support and maintenance of the ships.

BVT Surface fleet is the builder of the ships as well. The Type 45 is a new air defense ship to replace the Type 42 class of Falkland Islands fame. They are almost fifty percent larger then the older ships and carry a modern suite of radars and missiles jointly developed with other European countries. The ship also has a stealthy design and has a reduced radar signature.

England had let a contract to begin construction of two new aircraft carriers but due to the financial situation of the country these have seen delays. This has led to concerns of job losses and this contract is one way of helping to prevent those kind of issues.

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