British Aerospace Defence Systems last week won a £46m contract to build computerised combat management systems for three new South Korean destroyers. The deal could pave the way for future orders, BAe said.
It is BAe’s second contract for such equipment from South Korea, which paid £55m for the SSCS combat management system for three KDX-1 destroyers in May 1994.
Korea will install an updated version of the system on three new 5,000 tonne KDX-2 destroyers. Two extra consoles will be added to the original system’s eight, allowing SSCS to control the US SM-2 air defence missile system.
The new combat management gear, which also features an enhanced threat evaluation and weapon assignment package, will enter service on the new ships in 2003. Samsung will integrate the SSCS hardware while software will be supplied from the UK, with some Samsung input.
SSCS was developed by BAeSEMA, which recently became part of BAe Defence Systems.
BAe Defence Systems said there is potential to supply SSCS systems for three more mooted KDX-2s.
It also hopes to supply a new type of command system for a third batch of 7,000 tonne KDX-3 destroyers. BAe Defence Systems said it would offer an export version of its Sampson phased array radar for these ships.