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DSEI 2021: Analox Celebrates FAMS Contract with UK MoD

World-Class Submarine Atmosphere Monitoring

At DSEI this week, Analox Group will be celebrating the recent award of a $13.9 million (€16.3 million) contract with the UK MoD for its Fixed Atmosphere Monitoring System (FAMS).

Ten years in the making and the largest contract in the company’s 40-year history, the award for FAMS will help solve the gas-sensing challenges onboard submarines. The system uses advanced sensors to offer real-time analysis and enabling rapid corrective action to be taken. The Atmosphere Analyser to be delivered under the contract is described by the company as “the most sophisticated submarine atmosphere monitor in the world.”

Vicky Pigg, Managing Director of Analox’s military business, commented the system “will safeguard the lives of our submariners. It will require some changes within Analox, but with change comes the opportunity for growth and development, and every single person at Analox is up for the challenge! […] The FAMS contract is the perfect example of the MoD delivering on its commitment to the government and SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] alike; this action plan opens doors for companies like Analox.”

Work on delivering the contract has already started, and will continue over the next five years, with the potential opportunity to offer in-service support into the future. Analox views itself as a partner, rather than a supplier, priding itself on its comprehensive training and through-life support.

Rear Adm Paul Halston, Director Submarine Support at the Submarine Delivery Agency, observed “We within the SDA look forward to working with Analox, utilising this cutting-edge technology to drive continuous improvement in asset availability. This supports the SDA’s long-term strategy of improving the effectiveness, life and health of our submariners […] The SDA is exceptionally pleased that this contract award has provided job security for Analox and has allowed a key supplier the opportunity to increase UK technology advances and subject matter expertise, something we wish to drive into all contracts we award.”

As the cost of submarines and the deterrence they represent continues to rise, protecting the fabric of the vessels, as well as the health of their crews, takes on an ever-increasing importance. (Image via BAE Systems)

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