LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Britain's Ministry of Defense has given Babcock an 18-month contract extension for in-service support of 4.5-inch Mk8 Mod1 guns.
Babcock, an engineering firm, has been delivering in-service logistics support under a long-term contract that covers areas such as maintenance and repairs, provision of spares, management of stock levels for maximum cost-efficiency and sourcing for replacement of obsolete items.
Under the same contract, Babcock also successfully upgraded the 4.5-inch Mk8 guns to Mod1 standard for enhanced reliability and safety.
The MK8 is standard armament on Royal Navy destroyers and frigates, used for surface warfare and for attacking land targets.
"We are delighted to be continuing to support the Mk8 guns in-service to April 2015 following completion of the upgrade program, [and] having successfully supported the guns over the last eight years, ensuring availability to the required levels while minimizing stock levels for maximum cost-efficiency," said John Stratton, Babcock business development director.
"We also hold contracts to provide long-term in-service support for the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System and to upgrade the Phalanx systems to Block 1B. We are one of the only companies to provide the MOD with a total weapons facility [a one stop shop for all CLS contracting activities] and we continue to apply this valuable expertise and capability in our on-going availability and system upgrade contracts."
Babcock did not disclose the monetary value of the contract extension.