Babcock and its partner SEA have been selected as one of two teams to be awarded a contract for phase one of the Submarine Communications Buoy (SCB) Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP).
The TDP programme is to de-risk towed communications buoy technology in order to meet future communications requirements. This first phase is a 14-month simulation and testing contract for the two selected teams each to develop an effective SCB system design, and validate it with model testing.
Based on the results of this phase, one team will then be selected to carry out phase two. It is anticipated that, subject to Ministry of Defence (MoD) approvals, this work will start in summer 2013 and will involve delivery of a full prototype system and demonstration in an operational environment.