BAE Systems has debuted a new naval combat systems portfolio designed to improve the company's competitive position in UK and international markets.
Building on a GBP20 million (USD23 million) corporate investment in combat system technologies, the company has announced the brand name INTeGEN for its future naval combat system solutions, and INTeACT for a next generation of combat management system (CMS) products.
Operating from facilities in New Malden, Frimley, and the Portsmouth area, BAE Systems Naval Ships Combat Systems is the incumbent supplier of CMS products to the UK Royal Navy (RN), and also shares responsibilities for RN combat systems integration support services with QinetiQ. However, the company's combat systems business has had only limited success in the export market, and now faces competition in the UK through the Type 31e frigate competition.
According to BAE Systems, the company "is engaged in a five-year programme to develop enhancements for its upcoming INTeACT combat management system products". An initial instantiation of the INTeACT CMS is expected to be offered by BAE Systems/Cammell Laird 'Team Leander' bid for the Type 31e programme.
While the company has not yet released specific details of the new features and functionalities embodied in INTeACT, it has acknowledged work to introduce artificial intelligence for decision support, the integration of autonomous systems, and new, more intuitive human computer interface techniques. Jane's understands that BAE Systems has engaged with academia and a number of small- and medium-sized enterprises on specific research threads.
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