Babcock receives contract to support navy’s PTFS system

Babcock has been awarded a three-year through-life in-service contact to support the precise time and frequency standard (PTFS) equipment on board the UK Royal Navy’s fleet of Vanguard- and Trafalgar-class submarines and in shore reference facilities, military headquarters and shore development and integration facilities.

Babcock designed, supplied and installed the PTFS system under a contract awarded in 2007. The company will now support the system under a through-life post-design services (PDS) contract, providing a 24/7 help desk, engineering support, technical documentation, obsolescence management, safety and environmental management, refresh of oscillator clock modules and spares holding.

The technology from Babcock and team member Time & Frequency Solutions is claimed to provide a modular, low-cost and low-risk time and frequency standard. The PTFS system in the navy’s submarine flotilla involves a highly accurate clock to provide a reference frequency and precise time to various systems.