AEI Cables will provide cable and wiring for power, lighting and data communications circuits to shipbuilder BAE Systems for the Type 26 Frigate with 400km of cable being supplied for the first order.

Working with prime contractor BAE Systems, AEI Cables will supply cable and wiring for the power, lighting and data communications circuits to the vessels.

The Type 26 will replace the Type 23 frigates as a versatile multi-mission warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence, humanitarian assistance and general operations anywhere in the world.

Stuart Dover, commercial manager for AEI Cables, said:

“Supplying cables of this kind for such complex requirements means there can be no compromise in their quality and functionality. We’re proud to be supplying our products to BAE Systems for such an important programme.”

AEI Cables is already a supplier of defence cables and wiring product for the Royal Navy including the Queen Elizabeth class carriers.


  1. Just read its history rather typically British to be honest. I thought A.E.I sounded familiar I remember seeing its name now I think of it when young on various electrical equipment. Interesting to see it had acquired Ediswan way back the Ediswan factory still exists in the red hot (once) technology hub of the River Lee, though sadly Hal of it is going to be demolished to make room for a Beavertown brewery, the rest remaining I believe as a historical monument to how Swan invented the light bulb.

      • You mustn’t use the term “gallons” till after 29th March!! It’s “Litres”, or multiples of 4.54’ish if used before!

        • We will never use gallons again, If we did the secret of how much more we actually pay for our petrol will finally be out…..

          • I’m of the age where both metric and imperial are fine, meters or feet and inches, gallons or litres.

            Old money means naff all to me, some times I think people make the names up!

            ‘there was 15 tanners in a shilling and 6 schillings to the kumquat and you could buy 2 pints and a packet of crisps and still get change out of a barbers dog! ‘

  2. Cabling…
    Post Falklands it was recognised that Smoke was the major issue during fires. The use of rubberised and syntheric covered cables caused masses of toxic black smoke hat to be emitted in fires.
    After that LFH (Low fire hazard) cabling was mandated that had a low toxicity in fires and produces a lot less smoke.
    When you look at cabling on board you could have standard 3 core up to 64 core or greater, with each core possibly being shielded withing a larger shielded armoured cable.
    If its crossing the upperdeck it needs to be weather proof , UV resistant and chemical resistant.
    It needs to have excellent insulation especially on a HV propulsion system.
    It needs to remain flexible so that the bend radius is low enough to not damage the inner cores when running it.
    The innercores need to be able to connect to whatever plug system is being used to connect the equipment.
    It needs to avoid cross talk which is a major problem if you have the signals and voltages inside the cables interfering with adjacent cables

        • Thumbs up or down.

          Many sites with a discussion forum such as this have a tab next to a comment you can click to signal appreciation or dislike, with a down vote.

          Some sites then make that pertinent point which has been so appreciated as a “hot topic” which is highlighted for users.

          Think of the Roman Emperor with his thumbs up – Live, or down – die.

          • I do not believe so. I believe in reality it was the other way round and thumb down actually meant sword down let them live.

            But it suited my description of the up vote.

    • A lot of the data cable will be fibre optic. This does away with any interference or cross talk but it is easy to damge while it is being installed.

      • Old fashioned telephone cable for sound powered emergency phones.
        Most fibres are blown now . They put a load of fibre in a pipe and literally blow it along the pipe to it’s destination then connect it.
        There have been issues with HV power cables cross talking and distorting the 440v 60hz cables. Modern electronics do not like a 6th or 8th harmonic ripple finding it’s way through. It was an issue that was found on early HV applications on RN ships.

    • Before the Falklands war most cables on R.N. ships were usually painted over and this paint helped spread the fires which caused toxic fumes , post Falklands war new cables were all L.F.H. and cable runs were left unpainted ,This also helped when stripping out old cables as old paint shards were like razor blades, The correct quality of wiring is very important and is definitely no laughing matter ,Lives are at stake

  3. So, a company that already supplies the MOD with cables for it’s ships, has received an order for cables, for it’s ships. Where do these journalists find these extraordinary stories from, scoops , I think they used to be called. Wonderful, education of the highest standard. You know Rolls Royce may be asked to supply the engines, watch this space.

  4. The company is owned by DUCAB, from Dubai.. for all those wondering
    Guess our recent efforts in the Gulf are providing future work


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