DSEI 2017
ExCel London
We design, manufacture, and support complex surface ships, submarines, torpedoes, radars, naval guns and command and combat systems. We also provide ship repair, maintenance and upgrade services.

Zone floor plan

Image of our Maritime zone at DSEI 2017


Product List

  • 1 - Artisan 3D radar
  • 2 - Maritime capability
  • 3 - AWS-10 2D naval radar
  • 4 - Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers
  • 5 - Corvette
  • 6 - Type 26 Global Combat Ship
  • 7 - Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
  • 8 - Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun
  • 9 - Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP)
  • 10 - Mk45 Mod 4 naval gun system
  • 11 - Bofors 3P ammunition
  • Pacific 24 craft - displayed on concourse
  • Combat systems, autonomy demonstration and Deployed Energy Management System (DEMS) - waterborne demonstration


1 - Artisan 3D radar

Artisan 3D Medium Range Radar Type 997 Maritime
Artisan 3D is the next generation medium range 3D surveillance radar for the Royal Navy, replacing the Type 996 surveillance and target indication radar. This extremely modular and highly configurable radar is capable of operating effectively in littoral zones and improving air-defence, anti-surface (anti-ship) and air traffic management capabilities. Artisan 3D is already deployed with the Royal Navy on Type T23 HMS Iron Duke and equipped on HMS Ocean Assault Ship. It will be retrofitted to all Type 23 Frigates, amphibious assault ships and helicopter carrier, and will also enhance the future capability of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.


2 - Maritime capability

The Maritime Zone at DSEI provides an opportunity to demonstrate our breadth of capability in the maritime sector. This covers the full range of naval platforms from small boats for Special Forces through to the largest and most powerful ships ever built for the Royal Navy and the world’s most stealthy nuclear powered submarines, as well as global support and equipment services.
The Maritime Zone has a raised briefing area and AV to highlight our breadth of capability, supported by scale models of key platforms and equipment. This briefing area is equipped with our interactive video display wall, showcasing a selection of bespoke scenarios, to support key campaigns, core products, capabilities and future technologies.
Core capabilities on display include:
  • Warship design, build, integration and support
  • Combat systems
  • Autonomy
  • Information services
  • Energy
  • Radar
  • Underwater weapons
  • Training
  • Manufacturing
  • Small boats
Bespoke scenarios and videos available on the display wall to support key campaigns include:
  • Maritime overview video
  • Carrier Strike Group (CSG)
  • Mine Counter Measures (MCM)
  • Maritime unmanned systems
  • Combat systems and systems integration
  • Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)
  • Type 26
  • Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD)
  • Warship support


3 - AWS-10 2D naval radar 

Image of AWS-10 2D Radar The AWS-10 2D radar is designed for a wide range of naval and coastguard vessels covering many different roles. The AWS-10 offers reliable surface and air surveillance and aircraft control in all weathers and in the harshest electro-magnetic environments. AWS-10 uses the latest digital processors and solid state transmitters used in the highly advanced Artisan 3D. It is available as a new installation or as an upgrade to existing 2D radars and has been selected for the helicopter training ship RFA Argus.


4 - Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers

HMS Queen Elizabeth entry into Portsmouth Image 4
Weighing 65,000 tonnes, the Queen Elizabeth Class (QE Class) Aircraft Carriers will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base, which can be deployed worldwide. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. With an expected service life of up to 50 years, the QE Class will be potent joint defence assets, able to meet the widest range of tasks around the world. They are the most capable and powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. While the precise mix of aircraft boarded will be dependent on the mission, the carriers have the capacity to embark a maximum of 36 F-35B and four Crowsnest AEW helicopters. Alternatively, they can also carry up to 12 Chinook or Merlin helicopters, and eight Apache attack helicopters enabling the QE Class to support a broad range of operations. The scale model of the QE Class Aircraft Carrier is also accompanied by a QEC 3D walk-through, interactive training demonstration.


5 - Corvette

Corvette at sea The Corvette is a highly capable ship delivering anti-air and anti-surface capabilities, providing Economic Exclusion Zone protection and deterrent operations. The 99 metre Corvette is a flexible and efficient platform, equipped to defend against both surface and air threats, offering modern navies a highly capable vessel with low running costs. Featuring a novel hull design and electric propulsion system, it gives superb manoeuvrability and an extended range of 4,500 miles. Its stealthy design shrinks radar signatures and a slow speed drive mode means it can loiter undetected. The flexibility of this platform design allows each customer to select systems and equipment to meet individual needs, supported by a comprehensive weapons management system. The ship’s flight deck is designed to support most small to medium sized helicopters. With well-equipped hangar facilities, key maintenance can be carried out on board, ensuring maximum efficiency and availability.


6 - Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Type 26 The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a world-class anti-submarine warfare platform and will replace the anti-submarine variant Type 23 frigates. Globally deployable, it will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group. The Type 26 will be the most advanced ship in its class around the world, and we are exploring potential export opportunities where there is strong interest from international customers. The modular design and open systems architecture ensures that it can be easily upgraded as new technology develops allowing the ships to be modernised throughout their life. The innovative design, with the integrated mission bay and hangar, means that these ships can be adapted to support different missions within a short space of time, helping to react to a variety of demands.


7 - Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

FORTH OPV arrives in Scotstoun The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is a highly versatile ship, designed to perform Economic Exclusion Zone management roles, including the provision of counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations and effective disaster relief. The flexible 90 metre design is well suited to the export market and can be altered according to individual customer needs, ensuring they can meet the operational requirements of navies around the world. The flight deck is capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopter and storing of large containers, with ample accommodation for embarked troops or passengers. It is equipped with an air surveillance radar, which can be used to detect low flying aircraft. A rigid inflatable boat can be deployed swiftly from the davits for recovery and rescue operations. The Royal Navy’s River Class Batch 2 OPVs will also be the first ships to be built with a BAE Systems-designed system called Shared Infrastructure, which will be rolled out across the Royal Navy’s surface fleet over the next 10 years


8 - Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun

40 Mk4 Naval Gun Today’s surface combatants need to swiftly adapt to an unprecedented range of roles and scenarios. When survival hangs on a matter of seconds, they must be equipped with agile, flexible weapon systems that enable lightning-quick response.
Modern ships must be able to operate in different levels of conflict; from peacekeeping operations firing warning shots to law enforcement missions against pirates, smugglers and terrorists. In military combat, the gun is a vital part of the ship’s self-defence against hostile surface vessels, attack aircraft, anti-ship missiles and shore targets. In the littoral scenario, the gun must be able to engage threats that are impossible to address with conventional gun systems.
Survivability in such an environment requires an extremely flexible weapon system. The low weight and compact Bofors 40 Mk4 gun system with its high rate of fire and ability to switch between optimised ammunition types – including the intelligent 40mm 3P all-target ammunition – provides high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict.
  • Operational flexibility with lightning-quick response
  • Low weight and compact dimensions
  • Superb precision; high rate of fire


9 - Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP)

The HVP is a next-generation, adaptable, low-drag guided projectile capable of executing multiple missions for a number of gun systems, such as the naval 5-inch gun and land-based 155mm howitzers. BAE Systems’ Hyper Velocity Projectile is a next-generation precision-guided munition that can address land, surface, and air threats. BAE Systems designed the projectile to fire from a variety of systems, including 5-inch naval guns and future electromagnetic railguns as well as 155mm self-propelled and towed artillery systems.
Its low drag, lightweight, and aerodynamic design enable HVP to travel farther than existing, conventional munitions at extreme speeds, which decreases the time it takes to reach its target. HVP’s effective guidance system and smaller size can also reduce collateral damage.
This projectile will provide lethality and performance enhancements to current and future gun systems, and allow for technological growth while reducing development, production, and total ownership costs.
  • Significantly greater range than existing munitions
  • Low drag aerodynamic design enables high-velocity
  • Executes multiple missions across various gun systems


10 - Mk45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System

Image of Mk45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System The 5-inch (127 mm) 62-caliber Mk45 Mod 4 Naval Gun Systems is in U.S. Navy service today, and is ready to significantly enhance Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and overall mission performance. Major upgrades of the Mk45 Mod 4 include a 62-caliber barrel, strengthened gun and mount subsystems, advanced control system enhancement, and a reduced signature, low-maintenance gun shield.
The Mk45 Mod 4 provides NSFS range of more than 20 nautical miles (36 km) with the Navy’s new 5-inch Cargo projectile and an improved propelling charge. Operation and performance of extended-range munitions are tailored for optimal effect and range in unison with the major subsystem upgrades of the Mk45 Mod 4 Naval Gun.
Starting with the DDG 81, Mk45 Mod 4 is being forward-fit to U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers. Other Mod 4 applications include installations for the fleets of South Korea, Japan and Denmark.
  •         13-nautical mile range with conventional ammunition
  •         Adaptable to long range munitions, including HVP 
  •         Service-proven in naval surface fire support


11 - Bofors 3P ammunition

Image of Bofors 3P ammunition The 6-mode programmable 40 mm and 57 mm Bofors 3P (pre-fragmented, programmable, proximity-fused) ammunition can be programmed in six different function modes to provide optimised effect against any aerial, surface or shore target, reducing the need to switch to different types of ammunition for different mission sets.
This provides weapon systems with the highest possible combat flexibility. Each 3P fuse is automatically and individually programmed by a Proximity Fuse Programmer which continuously receives data from the Fire Control Computer System.
Immediately before firing, the fuse is programmed to the selected mode. It gives forces superior handling of traditional threats such as anti-ship missiles, aircraft, ships and shore targets, including those with armour protection. It also provides functionality including airburst to defeat threats that previously were impossible to engage, such as small, fast-manoeuvring boats and concealed targets.
  •         Airburst capability
  •         Powerful pre-fragmented shell
  •         Qualified as Insensitive Munition


Pacific 24 Craft

Pacific 24
With over 220 Pacific 24 crafts (P24) in service around the world, the P24 is designed to be a workhorse for the Royal Navy. The Mark IV, launched in 2016, can be launched and recovered from naval ships, is self-righting, Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) certified and built for longevity, reliability and safety, to operate in the toughest conditions.
Over the years the concept has evolved, paving the way for a lighter-weight, more fuel efficient platform. A Pacific 24 craft Mark IV featuring a gun mount, the latest technologies in hull construction, propulsion as well as improved shock mitigation for lengthy military operations is on display in the boulevard between entrances S11 and N11.
  • Being there, staying safe
  • Increasing control, mitigating risk
  • Providing a versatile unmanned capability for high speed reconnaissance, remote surveillance and extended duration missions
  • Built for longevity, reliability and safety, to operate in the toughest conditions


Combat systems, autonomy demonstration and Deployed Energy Management System (DEMS)

A Deployed Energy Management System in action The National Maritime Autonomy Centre* will be the UK’s first autonomy testing service, based in the Solent around Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. It is set to launch in Q4 2017.
Using unmanned vehicles and command and control systems provided by some of the UK’s leading autonomous systems providers, the service will offer third parties the opportunity to test autonomous technologies in a controlled and realistic environment.
The service offering will include a range of unmanned air and sea vehicles, two mobile command and control centres – featuring the same command and control system provided to the Royal Navy by BAE Systems, including its Combat Management System hosted on BAE Systems-designed Shared Infrastructure technology – and communications systems.
At DSEI, a mobile command and control centre will be located on the side of the Royal Victoria Dock and twice daily there will be live demonstrations of a fast unmanned sea boat (BAE Systems Pacific 950) operating in the dock. The unmanned boat will relay full motion video and other sensor data back to the command and control centre and to various locations around the exhibition hall, including the BAE Systems stand and the Royal Navy’s demonstration area.
The mobile command and control centre will be powered by our Deployed Energy Management System (DEMS) – a plug-and-go solution, incorporating an energy management system that controls generators, maintains storage and intelligently manages demand to meet operational requirements and energy use patterns.
*The National Maritime Autonomy Centre will be the UK’s first autonomy testing service, provided by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with a consortium of local companies including Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV Global), BAE Systems, Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton.


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