Babcock International / International aerospace, defence and security Mon, 22 Jul 2024 09:23:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 /wp-content/uploads/2023/10/cropped-b-favicon-white-rounded-32x32.png Babcock International / 32 32 Babcock and Uplift360 partner to explore recycling and repurposing defence equipment /news/babcock-and-uplift360-partner-to-explore-recycling-and-repurposing-defence-equipment/ Fri, 19 Jul 2024 11:59:47 +0000 /?p=107896

We have signed an agreement with Uplift360, a deep tech company developing chemical technologies, to recycle advanced materials.

Announced on the opening day of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the partnership will explore a turnkey solution for managing and recycling composite materials from defence equipment.  

It will also look at recycling high-value composite materials from the UK defence industry that can be repurposed for other applications through a process known as circular economics, which essentially means that products and materials can be kept in circulation through processes such as refurbishment, remanufacture and recycling.

As supply chain experts, we will engage with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) on how it can sustainably manage end-of-life assets.

Tom Newman, CEO of Babcockýapp Land business, said: “As a business, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and assisting our customers to achieve their net zero ambitions.

“This partnership is an exciting step forward in understanding how we can breathe new life into redundant assets that can be recycled and repurposed before going back into circulation.”

Sam Staincliffe, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Uplift360, added: “We are very excited to be working with a company such as Babcock who share the same goals and ambitions as our team. We see great value in end-of-life waste across defence, aerospace and space and with this partnership we can unlock real value both environmentally and financially, contributing to supply chain resiliency.”

Babcock contract extension strengthens support to Ukraine /news/babcock-contract-extension-strengthens-support-to-ukraine/ Thu, 18 Jul 2024 19:45:00 +0000 /?p=107868

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to continue supporting urgent operational requirements for Ukraineýapp military land assets.

The contract extension means Babcock will continue providing vital equipment support services to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, keeping their vehicles available for operations and, where needed, returning them to service as quickly as possible.

The framework agreement with the UK MOD, means that as well as maintaining military vehicles and equipment, Babcock will manage the supply chain and spares while continuing to train the Ukrainian military to conduct the repairs themselves.   

Babcock has been steadfast in its support to Ukraine, performing this role for the last 12 months. From July 2024, it will now deliver another critical period of support for the Ukrainian armed forces, with further options to extend beyond this date.

Currently providing the maintenance, repair and asset management of British Army vehicles and equipment in the UK, the contract extension demonstrates Babcockýapp ability to provide critical operational support internationally. 

David Lockwood, Babcock CEO said: “Ukraineýapp military need their critical defence assets to be operational; this contract extension enables Babcock to get vehicles and equipment back onto operations as quickly as possible. 

“Our significant experience and expertise on these platforms, coupled with our understanding of the supply chain, really increases the reliability and availability of these important assets for the Ukrainian armed forces, when they need it most”. 

Maria Eagle, Minister for Defence Procurement and Industry said: “Since Russiaýapp illegal invasion, equipment developed by UK defence companies has been critical to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“This agreement will get vital equipment back on the battlefield at pace and strengthen Ukraineýapp fight.”

In June 2021, Babcock signed a Memorandum of Implementation (MoI) with the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the UK Government and has been delivering technical and engineering support to Ukraineýapp military from the wider region since July 2023.  Military assets that Babcock has been supporting over the last year include platforms donated by the UK Ministry of Defence under the various tranches of financial and non-financial support provided by the UK.

Inspiring the next generation with Babcockýapp Future Engineer work experience programme /news/inspiring-the-next-generation-with-babcocks-future-engineer-work-experience-programme/ Thu, 18 Jul 2024 08:46:58 +0000 /?p=107781

We recently welcomed 36 Year 10 students from schools across Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to take part in this yearýapp inspiring ‘Future Engineers’ programme at our Devonport site. Aimed at nurturing the next generation of engineering talent, the initiative welcomed the group of enthusiastic students who were keen to explore the world of engineering and defence.

Designed to provide the aspiring engineers with a comprehensive overview of the opportunities available within Babcock, throughout the week students got involved in a whole range of hands-on activities and insightful presentations delivered by our experienced engineers. The group also had the opportunity to take a tour of the Devonport facilities, getting an up-close look at our infrastructure and ongoing projects to further spark their passion for the world of engineering and technology.

A highlight of the programme was the opportunity to work in teams on a real-world engineering project, designing their own humanitarian vessels and presenting their projects to the group. Their final ships were judged by leaders from within Devonport at the end of the week.

Not only did the experience hone their technical skills, but also fostered teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving, with students proudly receiving an Industrial Cadet Silver awarded certificate at the end of the programme.

This programme followed the success of our first ‘Experience of the Workplace’ event. Held 25-27 June at our Oceans Gate facility in association with the Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Careers Hub, 17 students from three different schools who had not secured any work experience had the opportunity to experience a real-world workplace environment where they could explore the opportunities within Babcock. 

Committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers, we’re looking forward to welcoming more young minds to our site in coming years.

Babcock says farewell to MV Lady Jean as she leaves to deliver critical medical aid in Tanzania /news/babcock-says-farewell-to-mv-lady-jean-as-she-leaves-for-tanzania-to-deliver-critical-medical-aid/ Wed, 17 Jul 2024 11:26:50 +0000 /?p=107726

Babcock has said goodbye to the Vine Trust charityýapp latest medical vessel, MV Lady Jean, which is now being transported to Tanzania following her successful sea trials.

Last year Babcock supported the conversion of the former UK Royal Navy patrol ship, HMS Scimitar into a medical vessel for Vine Trust. With help from a team of dedicated volunteers from Babcock, the vessel underwent a complete overhaul, including a new generator, rewiring of electrics, servicing of the engines, installation of new seats and air-conditioning and full painting.

Last September, as part of its university engagement initiative, Babcock we were joined by students from Southampton University to conduct the vessels heel test, helping to ensure her stability remained unaffected following her refit.

MV Lady Jean, named by Mrs Sarah Lockwood during the handover ceremony at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, joined the Jubilee Hope Medical Programme last year to expand the reach of services to remote island communities on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. The vessel is expected to provide one million medical consultations over the next 20 years.

Alun from Babcockýapp Support Services business who project managed the conversion activity, said: “After all the combined effort to overhaul the vessel, it is fantastic to see her finally on her way to Tanzania where she will be purposefully employed in a wonderful cause, delivering medical aid to remote communities and improving the lives of those she serves.”

Babcock works closely with the Vine Trust, which provides life‑changing medical, home‑building and care support to vulnerable families and children in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru. MV Lady Jean is the second ship Babcock has converted for the Vine Trust, following the MV Forth Hope, which was handed over in 2017. 

Babcock supplies London Fire Brigade with vehicles to tackle wildfires /news/babcock-supplies-london-fire-brigade-with-vehicles-to-tackle-wildfires/ Tue, 16 Jul 2024 09:05:20 +0000 /?p=107608

We have supplied four extreme weather response vehicles to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) which will be trialled this summer to respond to the growing threat of grass fires and wildfires.  

The four new vehicles have off-road capabilities and technology that enables firefighters to tackle fires quickly and safely. Able to pump water while driving and carry approximately 500 litres of water, these unique vehicles are also equipped with wildfire beaters and leaf blowers that can control the direction of wildfire travel and help extinguish it.

Unveiled a simulated wildfire response training exercise on 11 July, the vehicles will now be located across London and mobilised to grass fires and wildfires around the capital.

David Reed, Technical Officer on the LFB Fleet contract said: “We’ve been delighted to support our customer LFB by sourcing vital assets and increasing their capability as part of dry weather preparations. In the event of hot weather, frontline stations will be able to make use of the extreme weather response vehicles to reduce the impact of wildfires, helping to create safer communities.

Babcock and the Polish Naval Academy enter new academic partnership /news/babcock-and-the-polish-naval-academy-enter-new-academic-partnership/ Fri, 12 Jul 2024 11:17:51 +0000 /?p=107497

Babcock and the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia, Poland, have announced today that they are set to collaborate on an exciting new programme of professional internships following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Cooperation Agreement.

The MoU outlines the intent for Babcock to work in cooperation with the Polish Naval Academy to facilitate future academic collaboration, underpinning Babcockýapp global commitment to skills development.

This summer, two Naval Academy students will take part in a six-week internship in Gdynia. During this time, they will work alongside Babcock employees to develop their skills and understanding of the Marine industry. They will also have the opportunity to visit Babcockýapp Rosyth operations and learn more about the international business.

Ewa Kittel-Prejs, Babcock Country Director Poland, said: “The internship programme marks a significant milestone in our commitment to our wider workforce development plans in Poland and we are pleased to be working in partnership with the Naval Academy to recruit talented people to the business, ensuring we invest in tomorrowýapp workforce today.

“By delivering initiatives like this with the Naval Academy in the Tri-city area of Poland, we open up career opportunities for young people to deliver the growth, skills and capability enhancements that will support our customers’ critical programmes for years to come.”

This cooperation agreement forms part of Babcockýapp ongoing commitment to both current and future skills development and training across its global business, with a focus on establishing strong links with academic institutions.

Rector-Commandant, Rear Admiral Prof. Ph.D. Tomasz Szubrycht, said: “The Naval Academy employs specialists who have many years of experience in carrying out research projects and implementations from the university to the industry. Therefore, the relations between leading companies, such as Babcock, and institutions representing the industry and the university, are extremely important. “The planned internships with Babcock will allow the students to explore many innovative solutions and aid their professional development.’’The internship programme follows the successful introduction of an international apprentice exchange programme in Gdynia, as well as the upcoming commencement of our new Babcock Polska graduate scheme in September.

Babcock delivers new Airbus H145 helicopter to support South Australiaýapp emergency services /news/babcock-delivers-new-airbus-h145-helicopter-to-support-south-australias-emergency-services/ Mon, 08 Jul 2024 08:30:57 +0000 /?p=107477

A new Airbus H145 helicopter with enhanced capability has taken to the skies across South Australia after being delivered to the State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS). The Babcock owned, operated, and maintained aircraft will be used exclusively by South Australia Police (SAPOL) as part of its law enforcement efforts.

The latest generation aircraft is quieter, faster, lighter, more manoeuvrable and more fuel efficient than existing aircraft within the fleet, providing greater operational scope and responsiveness to SAPOL, and as the H145ýapp state-of-the-art design significantly reduces its noise profile, making it almost 10 times quieter than the outgoing aircraft. It also uses 35% less fuel, saving around 3.6 tonnes in CO2 emissions each year. These improvements benefit both the communities the aircraft serves and the crew who operate it.

Four new pilots have also been recruited and trained by Babcock as part of its long-standing commitment to enhancing SRHSýapp operational capabilities. These additional crewmembers create a valuable third line of flying for emergency service personnel.

The Airbus aircraft is one of two replacement helicopters to be provided by Babcock this year, as part of a AUS$150 million, four-year contract extension with the SRHS. The second aircraft – a Bell 412 EP – will be configured specifically for SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) medical rescues and retrievals. It is scheduled to arrive in December. The aircraft will allow for better resourcing during times of peak operation and relieve pressure on existing services.

Babcock Australasia CEO Andrew Cridland said: “One of Babcock Australasiaýapp key remits is to create a safe and secure world, together, and we are proud to be partnering and supporting the State Rescue Helicopter Service here in South Australia, where we are headquartered.”

“We are also extremely pleased to be able to deliver this latest generation aircraft with a configuration that has been designed in collaboration with SAPOL to best suit its needs. This new twin-engine helicopter will provide a critical uplift in capability for South Australia Police, giving officers onboard the tools they need to fulfil their duties to maximum effect as they combat crime and protect the community,” he added.  

Each year on average, the stateýapp emergency fleet completes a combined 1,300 missions, equating to more than 2,000 flying hours.

South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the cutting-edge resource promised to keep the force agile and revolutionise police operations across metropolitan areas. “This modern addition enhances our operational capabilities and ensures a safer South Australia for all residents,” he commented.

The Airbus H145 is currently undergoing rigorous training, with pilots, aircrew and police Tactical Flight Officers honing their skills to ensure seamless integration into SAPOLýapp existing capabilities. Upon completion of training, the new aircraft will replace the current SAPOL Bell 412 helicopter, which will continue to operate alongside it during the training period. This strategic transition ensures uninterrupted service while embracing modern technology.

Christian Venzal, Managing Director Airbus Helicopters in Australia and New Zealand, said. “Airbus is proud to equip the South Australian Police Force and Babcock with the most advanced five-bladed H145 helicopter available for law enforcement missions. As the quietest helicopter in its class, along with its leading safety and performance capabilities, we look forward to seeing the H145 supporting critical operations while serving and protecting the community of South Australia.”

The SRHS operates 24 hours a day, year-round, providing critical emergency response across the state. It specialises in aeromedical retrievals from rural hospitals and accident scenes, search and rescue missions on-land and at sea and airborne law enforcement.

Babcock steps up its skills agenda by partnering on two global student engineering events /news/babcock-steps-up-its-skills-agenda-by-partnering-on-two-global-student-engineering-events/ Tue, 02 Jul 2024 08:08:18 +0000 /?p=106913 We’re stepping up our commitment to tackle the engineering skills challenge by supporting two of the biggest student engineering events in Europe this year.

From drones to cars powered by artificial intelligence, we’re teaming up with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on its and as its official AI partner.

Thousands of undergraduate engineering students from all over the world are taking part in the competitions. UAS celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and is taking place at Buckminster Airfield 1-4 July, while Formula Student will be held at the famous Silverstone Racing Circuit 17-21 July.

At Formula Student, students are tasked with designing, building and racing a single seater racing car from scratch. As AI partner, our focus is on mentoring and developing how students can develop crucial skills in areas like AI to bridge the technical skills gap.

Brad Yelland, Babcockýapp Chief Engineering and Technology Officer, said: “For Babcock, investing in future skills is as important to us as investing in the next bit of tech. Supporting events like these challenges means we can directly work with future talent and help them transition from university to the workplace providing real-world experience.”

Babcock engineer, Chris Dix, who took part in Formula Student whilst at Cardiff University is volunteering at both events: “For me, this is about safeguarding future skills and ensuring that as engineers we’re doing our bit to support the next generation. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the teams step up to this yearýapp challenge.”

Babcock wins Employer of the Year at the 2024 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards /news/babcock-wins-employer-of-the-year-at-the-2024-british-ex-forces-in-business-awards/ Fri, 28 Jun 2024 11:04:28 +0000 /?p=106854

We were delighted to win the Employer of the Year Award at last nightýapp British Ex-Forces in Business Awards.

This award recognises our biggest ever year for veteran recruitment and the design and launch of our brand-new strategy for attracting service leavers. The result has been a rise in veteran and reservist hiring success, with over 1,250 new service leavers joining us since January 2023.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the worldýapp largest celebration of ex-military in second careers – recognising the value veterans add to businesses, as well as the employers that support the transition of servicemen and women.

Brian Kitchener, Head of ýapp for Babcockýapp DSG business in our Land Sector was also recognised for his work, winning the Team Leader of The Year Award at last nightýapp ceremony.

This year we were proud sponsors of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award. As a people-centred business, where everyone is included, supported and empowered to unlock their full potential, we were pleased to present this to the deserving winners Allsports Coaches Coaching Academy CIC.

Given the nature of our work, we’ve a longstanding history of recruiting and developing careers of service leavers. The prestigious Great British Employers of Veterans programme also announced yesterday that we have been ranked third in its 2024 Top 50 employers for the UK Armed Forces community.

We are proud to be a major employer of service leavers and reservists through our active recruitment approach, holding a Gold Award in the Ministry of Defenceýapp Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. Itýapp estimated that 16% of our total workforce has some form of connection to the armed forces, whether as a leaver, reservist, or as a member of a forces family.

This great news tops off a busy Armed Forces Week, where we’ve been reaffirming our support of military personnel across the UK and celebrating working side by side with the armed forces community to create a safe and secure world, together.

Babcockýapp medium wheelbase General Logistics Vehicle on display at Eurosatory /news/babcocks-medium-wheelbase-general-logistic-vehicle-on-display-at-eurosatory/ Tue, 18 Jun 2024 12:00:25 +0000 /?p=106595 Babcock has taken the wraps off its new medium wheelbase variant of the General Logistics Vehicle (GLV) at Eurosatory this week.

With reliability at its core, ensuring higher availability of critical assets, the medium wheelbase variant joins its long wheelbase sibling as the second member of the growing GLV family of vehicles, designed and delivered by Babcock.

Under the bonnet is a 2.8-litre engine achieving 200bhp and 370lb/ft of torque which, married to a six-speed, automatic gearbox with high and low range transfer provides the GLV with formidable, affordable off-road capability. With a 39-degree approach angle, 276 mm ground clearance, a wading depth up to 1.8 meters and boasting a class-leading 12.6 metre turning circle, it is deployable in all terrains across the globe.

This medium wheelbase GLV is set to attract similar levels of interest to the long wheelbase variant, unveiled at last yearýapp DSEI, thanks to its ability to deliver a range of roles and requirements for the military.

The four individual crew seats and storage capacity for a four-person team to comfortably stow what is required for a 72-hour patrol, will ensure that crew degradation is minimised over long journeys. These adaptations make it the perfect command and control vehicle or small team patrol vehicle.

The GLV family is built around the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series platform and combines Toyota’s 70-year heritage in off-road cars with our rich engineering history of developing bespoke and formidable vehicles for military and security customers.

It can fulfil a multitude of tasks for the armed forces, offering a common vehicle base with variant modules that meet the needs of different missions across multiple theatres of operation. The GLV is also equipped with unique military body enhancements which put crew safety and comfort to the fore.

Chris Spicer, Managing Director of Engineering and Systems Integration within Babcockýapp Land business said:

“This hugely reliable GLV family provides military and security forces with a complete value for money solution for light-utility vehicles, increasing the availability of these critical assets. Babcock has a deep understanding of the armed forces through years of partnering and that is applied to our engineering so we can offer militaries the best possible vehicle for operational success. We’re very proud to present the second of our GLV family in the last nine months.”

Key takeaways:

  • Shorter wheelbase enabling greater mobility across difficult terrain
  • Tightest turning circle in its class (12.6m)
  • 4 individual crew seats
  • Storage capability for 4-person to stow requirements for 72 hour patrol
HII and Babcock launch new company H&B Defence to accelerate Australiaýapp nuclear-powered submarine program /news/hii-and-babcock-launch-new-company-hb-defence-to-accelerate-australias-nuclear-powered-submarine-program/ Tue, 18 Jun 2024 08:09:41 +0000 /?p=106570 Defence giants HII (NYSE: HII) and Babcock have formed a ground-breaking new joint venture and entity – – to accelerate the development of critical sovereign capability for the once-in-a-generation AUKUS conventional armed, nuclear-powered submarine program.

H&B Defence combines world-leading nuclear submarine and shipbuilding experience from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to support the nationýapp inaugural nuclear-powered submarine program under AUKUS.

Together, HII and Babcock bring comprehensive expertise in every aspect of nuclear-powered submarine activities to support the development of Australiaýapp sovereign capability. H&B Defence has been established to support all steps of Australiaýapp optimal pathway to sovereign nuclear-powered submarines under AUKUS Pillar 1 – including workforce, nuclear infrastructure design and build, submarine defueling and decommissioning, nuclear waste and future sustainment.

The company, headquartered in Canberra, Australia, will work with government and key stakeholders from industry and academic sectors to develop a comprehensive program to promote and grow a skilled sovereign nuclear workforce in Australia.

Tim Brown AM has been appointed H&B Defence Managing Director.

Brown, of Brisbane and a 33-year veteran of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has extensive knowledge and experience of Australiaýapp submarine programme and Defence and Industry strategy. He is a mechanical engineer who primarily served as a submarine officer and commanded both a Collins class submarine and an ANZAC class frigate. As the Director General Submarines and Head of the Submarine Profession, he led the submarine capability enterprise through a period of unheralded submarine availability and high levels of workforce growth, and he played an early and instrumental role in the AUKUS security partnership. Brown brings significant insight and leadership experience to drive the transformation and uplift of Australian industry to support the operation of nuclear-powered submarines.

The company board is chaired by HIIýapp President of the Nuclear and Environmental Services and HII Australia business lead, Michael Lempke and also includes Babcock Australasia CEO, Andrew Cridland.

H&B Managing Director Tim Brown said:

“H&B Defence’s mission is to transform Australia’s submarine industrial landscape to position the nation to operate nuclear submarines. This joint venture will focus on equipping Australia with the requisite industrial base, supply chains, and workforce required to support and manage all aspects of the nuclear-powered submarine lifecycle.”

HII Australia Business Lead Michael Lempke said:

“H&B marks a significant step forward in an enduring partnership. HII is excited to work through H&B Defence to leverage the deep-rooted experience and advanced methodologies from Australia, the UK, and the US to support AUKUS Pillar 1. This collaboration is a fusion of resources and visions—aiming to enhance capabilities and foster innovation in submarine technologies and maritime systems to strengthen national and global security while ensuring a safe and secure future.”

Babcock Australasia CEO Andrew Cridland said:

“The formation of H&B Defence is an exciting day for Babcock Australasia as we continue to build on our existing and long-term partnership with the Australian Government in support of our nationýapp defences.“H&B Defence brings together Babcock and HIIýapp collective history in nuclear and the best and brightest minds to support AUKUS Pillar 1.”

About the companies

is the leading designer, builder, maintainer, and sustainer of US Navy nuclear powered submarines, with over 60 submarines delivered in four decades.

Babcock currently sustains 100 per cent of the UKýapp Royal Navy submarine fleet and owns and operates the UKýapp only licensed facility for refitting, refuelling and defueling nuclear submarines.

The Joint Venture complements the existing partnership already established between Babcock and HII to collaborate on nuclear decommissioning, disposal, and other national security opportunities.

About H&B Defence

H&B Defence combines world-leading experience from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to support the development of critical sovereign capability for the once-in-a-generation AUKUS nuclear-powered submarine program.

Formed in 2024 as a joint venture between HII and Babcock, H&B Defence can support all steps of Australiaýapp optimal pathway to sovereign nuclear-powered submarines under AUKUS Pillar 1 – including workforce, nuclear infrastructure design and build, submarine defueling and decommissioning, nuclear waste and future sustainment – ensuring the nation is ready for Virginia Class nuclear-powered submarines and SSN-AUKUS.

Babcock partners with Air and Space Institute to elevate student experience and skills development /news/babcock-partners-with-air-and-space-institute-to-elevate-student-experience-and-skills-development/ Fri, 14 Jun 2024 08:15:14 +0000 /?p=106504

Babcock is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Air and Space Institute (ASI).

As part of our commitment to skills development and recruitment, this collaboration will boost the educational journey of ASI students by providing practical experience and insight into working in the aviation industry within Babcock.

The partnership was launched during an educational visit by ASI students to RAF Wittering, where they had the opportunity to meet with Babcockýapp air traffic control team and aviation maintenance technicians to learn more about the industry.

Chloe Barker, Managing Director of Babcockýapp UK aviation business, said: “Collaboration between industry and education is so important in supporting young people entering the workplace. Our partnership with the ASI will enable us to create a path for students to explore a practical, hands-on career in aviation, while continuing their education and building on an exciting career path.”

Tom Marsden, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer at the Lincoln College Group, added: “It is fantastic to welcome such a significant defence company to the ASI family. Babcock will help support our students through their studies and offer potential routes for employment or apprenticeship training as the partnership develops.”

In addition to Babcock Skills Academy, this partnership with ASI aims to improve the learning experience for students, providing them with access to cutting-edge industry knowledge and opportunities.

A team of 50 from Babcock complete the epic Cateran Yomp challenge /news/a-team-of-50-from-babcock-complete-the-epic-cateran-yomp-challenge/ Thu, 13 Jun 2024 15:15:37 +0000 /?p=106482

A team of 50 from Babcock have raised more than £16,500 so far for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) during the 13th Cateran Yomp.

Participants from Babcock, the headline sponsor of this year’s Cateran Yomp, joined almost 1,000 soldiers, veterans, and their families, aged 17-79, to march up to 54 miles in 24 hours across the scenic Scottish Highlands.

Yompers set off in sunshine at 6am on Saturday, with the event challenging teams to walk 22, 36 or 54 miles around the foothills of the Cairngorms. They were joined at the starting line by veteran Mark Harding, an ambassador for the ABF, after he walked 160 miles to the event from his home in Cumbria.

Babcockýapp Duncan Platt was the eventýapp joint first finisher – running the gruelling course in just 10 hours and 45 minutes. Those completing the 54-mile route typically walked more than 110,000 steps. 

The Armyýapp National Charity, ABF provides a lifetime of support to serving soldiers, former soldiers, and their immediate families when they are in need, minimising hardship and encouraging independence and dignity.

So far, more than £575,000 has been raised from this year’s Cateran Yomp.

James Innes, Head of Social Impact, Babcock, said: “Babcock is proud to work in partnership with the Army Benevolent Fund, our collaboration enables us to further strengthen our support by inspiring the next generation of Army family. We work side by side with the British Army delivering critical equipment, support and essential technical training, as well as providing employment opportunities for service leavers and reservists.

“Well done to the ABF for organising the successful Cateran Yomp. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the trek and raised money for this important cause. Well done to the Cadets, who were participating in our inaugural Babcock Cadet Challenge. Your enthusiasm and teamwork over the weekend were inspirational.” 

The Cateran Yomp has raised millions of pounds for the charity, with donations funding everything from wheelchair ramps for soldiers’ homes, to respite care and personal recovery plans for injured soldiers returning from the front line. In FY 23/24 alone, the charity supported around 75,000 members of the Army Family in 51 countries around the world. The youngest beneficiary was just one day old, with the eldest aged 104.

Reflecting on an extraordinary weekend, Major General Tim Hyams CB OBE, Chief Executive of the Army Benevolent Fund, commented: “The Cateran Yomp forms a significant element of the charity’s annual fundraising efforts, and this year has seen over 1,100 sign up for the event. I am extremely grateful to every single Yomper, all of whom have demonstrated exceptional mental and physical resilience, and an evident sense of teamwork.  In so doing, they have made a tangible difference to our ability, as the Armyýapp national charity, to be there for soldiers, for life.”

Babcock and Barnacle Systems Inc. extend partnership /news/babcock-and-barnacle-systems-inc-extend-partnership/ Thu, 13 Jun 2024 08:49:35 +0000 /?p=106194

In 2022, Babcock and Barnacle Systems Inc. (Barnacle), an award-winning manufacturer of remote security and monitoring systems, formed a partnership through an Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) investment to support the completion of Barnacleýapp marine vessel remote monitoring and security device known as ‘BRNKL Black’. Following the successful launch of BRNKL Black, both companies committed to building on their partnership and continued to seek additional opportunities to fuse Babcockýapp data-driven asset management expertise with Barnacleýapp skills in hardware design. 

Babcock and Barnacle are delighted to be extending their ITB partnership to design and develop a cutting-edge remote monitoring and data logging device for land vehicles, known as ‘BRNKL Green’. This new device is designed to integrate advanced data logging capabilities with real-time monitoring functions, enhancing operational efficiency through in-service support and safety for land vehicles.

As both organisations begin to expand their operations to support land vehicles, the development of this new device is expected to set new standards in vehicle data management and operational oversight.

Jerry McLean, CEO, Babcock Canada, said: “At Babcock, we are committed to supporting small and medium-sized businesses to grow and leverage industrial development within the defence industry through Canadian-based technology. This partnership enables both organisations the opportunity to leverage global knowledge and experience with in-country expertise to deliver an innovative tool that will support fleets of land vehicles.”

Brandon Wright, CEO, Barnacle Systems Inc. said: “Building on our initial successful collaboration, we are thrilled to further strengthen our relationship with Babcock through this second innovative product collaboration. Our experience in the marine sector has uniquely equipped us to handle the intricacies of remote monitoring in any demanding environment. This new venture into the land vehicle market opens up exciting opportunities for both our companies to innovate and lead. We look forward to continuing our work with Babcock as we push the boundaries of what our technologies can achieve together.”

This investment is part of Babcockýapp commitment to meet its ITB obligations to Canada on the Victoria In-Service Support Contract. The ITB policy creates jobs and fosters economic growth by requiring the company to undertake high value-added business activities and investments in Canada equal to the value of their contract.

Babcock and Hobson Industries partner to increase British Armyýapp equipment availability /news/babcock-and-hobson-industries-partner-to-increase-british-armys-equipment-availability/ Thu, 30 May 2024 08:30:09 +0000 /?p=105652

Babcock and Hobson Industries, the engineering company, have signed an agreement to work together with the aim to resolve obsolescence in military Land Rovers. 

Babcock provides the through-life support and management for 60 percent of the British Armyýapp vehicles, with a focus on providing innovative solutions to long standing supply chain challenges which routinely impact the availability of British Army vehicles such as the Land Rover Wolf platform.

Hobson Industries is an innovative and highly technical engineering business that specialise in the through-life support of the Land Rover Defender (Wolf) platform. This partnership draws upon the combined experience of our maintenance and repair capabilities, with Hobsonýapp subject matter expertise on the Wolf platform.  

With an initial focus on the Land Rover Wolf, the partnership will bring forward a wide range of modern technical solutions in the areas of design, manufacture, remanufacturing and repair. This will increase the availability of assets for the front-line commands, increase reliability and enable the most cost-effective solution for the British Army. 

The suite of technical and digital solutions now available through this partnership provide an unprecedented opportunity to reverse the trend of obsolescence impacting the defence fleet.

Jon Morley, Director of Material Availability Services at Babcock, said: “Finding modern, sustainable solutions to some long-standing challenges will enhance the operational capability of the British Army.  Hobson Industries are subject matter experts and we’re delighted to be formalising our relationship with them.”

Peter Hobson, Managing Director at Hobson Industries said, “This framework agreement builds on a long-term association of mutual respect, joint skills and capabilities and enables Hobson Industries and Babcock to work more closely together to achieve a common goal to deliver excellence of service and capabilities to UK Armed Forces.”