Babcock International Group has signed a tripartite Memorandum of Implementation (MoI) with the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the U.K. Government allowing the two nations to push forward a program of Ukrainian naval projects, with Babcock as designated prime industrial partner.
The MoI was signed onboard HMS Defender in Odesa as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployment and builds on an agreement signed in October 2020. The company has been chosen to lead in the delivery of the scope of the broad ranging Ukrainian Naval Capabilities Enhancement Program (UNCEP).
“This marks the beginning of a new international relationship for Babcock, bringing together our new ship capability, our infrastructure and support capability, and our new strong relationship with the U.K. Government,” Babcock CEO David Lockwood said.
The program includes the enhancement of capabilities on existing naval platforms, the delivery of new platforms, including fast attack missile craft, a modern frigate capability, shipborne armaments and the training of naval personnel.
It also involves developing, implementing and completing a Shipyard Regeneration Plan and working together to rehabilitate Ukrainian shipyards.
“I am delighted that British and Ukrainian industry will work together on these projects, which will provide world-leading capabilities and provide opportunities for both our nations to boost our shipbuilding enterprises,” said Jeremy Quin, U.K. Minister for Defence Procurement.
Babcock will lead British and Ukrainian industrial partners to assist the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in delivering these projects.
Working collaboratively, these teams will be fully integrated within the projects, building ownership and expertise through technical and knowledge transfer and enabling Ukraine to develop a modern naval fleet and support capability.
Babcock will be supported by several other companies with a strong U.K. presence, including MBDA, Thales, and Royal Haskoning DHV.