BAE and MoD sign maritime capability research contract

BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a three-year research contract worth £32m to explore the next generation of maritime capability for the UK.

A team from BAE Systems’ naval ship and submarine businesses will deliver research in the ‘sense to decide’ (S2D) capability — the ability to gather and process information about the environment to aid battlespace command and control.

The Maritime Collaborative Enterprise (MarCE) project will bring together specialists in combat systems from Naval Ships and Submarines, both part of BAE Systems Maritime, with other companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and academia to provide the MoD with expertise and innovation above and below water.

BAE Systems will create and manage this collaborative enterprise to deliver a research programme under the management of the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).