Babcock International has announced a further year contract extension has been agreed to continue in-service support to the Harpoon Missile System for the Royal Navy.
According to a press release from the firm:
“Babcock provides specialist air, defence and missiles engineering expertise supporting the availability of the Harpoon Missile System fitted to Type 23 Frigates and Type 45 Destroyers.
Its role in the programme covers operational defect support, post design services and the procurement of spares, enabling maintenance of the system and its operational availability to the fleet.”
Martin Laity, Director Mission Systems, Babcock said:
“We are pleased to continue supporting the Harpoon programme, ensuring asset availability for our customer. This is a vital piece of anti-ship equipment on board both the Type 23 and Type 45 that enables them to operate safely wherever they are deployed.”
Royal Navy ships were originally to lose surface-to-surface anti-ship missile capability in 2018 when the Harpoon missile was to be withdrawn with a replacement not due until ‘around 2030’, a new interim missile will fill the upcoming gap.
The Ministry of Defence had last year notified bidders of its intention to purchase an interim anti-ship missile as current Harpoon stocks reach end of life.