New Data Management Solution for Royal Navy

The Support Information Knowledge Management (S-IKM) tool from BAE Systems is designed to allow for secure and efficient management of the vast quantity of data that is required to provide on-shore support and maintenance for complex warships By DA Staff / 06 Jul 2021
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BAE Systems has won a contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a new data management system to multiple ships in the Royal Navy fleet, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 destroyers, and the new Type 26 frigates.

The Support Information Knowledge Management (S-IKM) solution will enable secure and efficient management of the vast quantity of data that is required to provide on-shore support and maintenance for complex warships as well as technical manuals, schematics and part numbers. It uses data analytics to inform through-life support and improve ship availability. 

S-IKM is designed to provide faster and more cost-effective support to ensure the right information is at the right place at the right time. It will play a key role in the digital ambitions of the Royal Navy, improving the operational support to service personnel at sea who will be able to reliably and easily access information exactly when they need it.

S-IKM also provides a convenient and easily-deployable capability to allow the support of warships around the world. 

To better support warships, data needs to be shared efficiently and securely across the support enterprise, comprising the Royal Navy, the MoD, and dozens of industrial suppliers. S-IKM enables this while allowing the MoD to retain ownership and control of the data.

“This contract is a critical part of supporting the Royal Navy’s digital transformation,” said David Mitchard, Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime Services.

“By delivering sophisticated data analytics and through-life support tools, we can significantly improve ship availability. Combining our digital expertise with a deep understanding of the Royal Navy and a genuine commitment to innovate, I’m confident we can make a real difference to warship support.” 

Collaborating across industry, BAE Systems developed S-IKM by identifying and integrating specialist technologies from other expert suppliers. These include Eurostep’s ShareAspace product lifecycle management (PLM) collaboration software, TIBCO’s data management & analytics platform, and Genpact’s Cora SeQuence business process management software.  

Combined, these provide a powerful tool to allow the configuration and management of technical information across a wide range of ship support activities. This capability could also provide benefit to other complex defense assets, across the sea, air and land domains.

“We’re proud to have won this highly competitive contract and to build on our support to the Royal Navy,” said Graham Farnell, Engineering & Digital Services Director, BAE Systems Maritime Services.

“As well as our digital solution, which will now support warships in the U.K., we have another digital product based on similar principles which we’re already delivering to the Royal Canadian Navy, supporting the Halifax Class of frigates.”

The S-IKM contract will be delivered as part of the MoD’s £1billion Common Support Model (CSM). 

The CSM framework combines existing separate support agreements for individual ship types into a single model. The result is set to improve the performance of service providers.

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