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Aircraft Carriers: Contracts

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) long lead items and (b) other contracts have been let by (i) his Department and (ii) the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and its constituent companies in relation to the aircraft carrier/CVF programme. (191563)

Since my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 865, our intention to place orders for two aircraft carriers the Department has authorised the companies forming the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) to let contracts in support of manufacture as follows:


Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system

Blown Fibre Optical Cable Plant (BFOCP)

Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (INBS)

Long Range Radar (LRR) antennae

Davits for ships’ boats

Portable lifting equipment

Replenishment at Sea (RAS) Liquid

Windlass and capstans

Main diesel generators

Emergency diesel generators


Propulsion motors

Propulsion converters

Propulsion motor bearings

Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) rotors

GTA Enclosures (Cabinets)

Castings for ships’ rudders

Steering gear machinery and controls

Forgings for ships’ stabilisers

Forgings for ships’ shaftlines

Low-voltage switchboards, electrical distribution cabinets and transformers

Flying Control (FLYCO) rooms

Visual Landing Aids (VLAs)

Aviation fuel systems equipment

Civil works at Rosyth dockyard

Reverse Osmosis equipment

The companies have also let numerous minor works and service contracts.