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Royal Navy strengthens ‘Digital Capabilities’ with new contract

The Royal Navy will enhance its digital technology systems through a new contract with Sierra Nevada Corporation – Mission Systems UK.

The two-year contract, announced by Defense Equipment & Support (DE&S), with an option to extend for a further two years, aims to rapidly support, scale and improve innovative digital technologies.

This contract represents a shift in how the Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to leverage industry partnerships to advance its technological capabilities. SNC Mission Systems UK will work closely with DE&S’s Future Capability Innovation (FCI) team to deliver and support the development of digital technology for the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines.

Defense Secretary James Cartlidge emphasized the importance of the partnership, stating: “Creating closer partnerships between industry and defense is an important part of my commitment to better integrate and acquire equipment, capabilities and services in the future. It will ensure that our highly skilled workforce maintains its capabilities while keeping pace with technological innovation.”

James Gavin, FCI head at DE&S, expressed his enthusiasm about the potential of the project: “The Royal Navy, DE&S FCI and Defense Commercial X have worked together to create the innovative ‘Mission Partner’ concept. We look forward to working with SNC Group UK to not only bring innovative digital technology to the frontline, but also to prove the value of the Mission Partner concept to other parts of the Ministry of Defence.”

Vice Admiral Ivan Finn, Director of Navy Acquisition, commented on the broader implications of the partnership: “This partnership will further accelerate the Royal Navy’s proprietary technology to the warfighters on the frontline, whether they are at sea, on land or in the air. The support made possible through the Mission Partner will have a significant positive impact on our people, empowering them.”