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DSEI 2021: Babcock Launches ARROWYARD

Full In-Country Build, Assembly, Outfitting and ISS Package for AH140

Babcock launched a new approach to global shipbuilding during DSEI last week, aimed at enabling international clients to build and support the company’s ARROWHEAD 140 (AH140) frigate in-country, delivering a range of potential economic and social benefits to local communities.

ARROWYARD is developed from Babcock’s rich engineering know-how and shipbuilding experience, bringing together a comprehensive range of technology and knowledge transfer options to create the conditions for domestic construction of the AH140 by optimising customers’ in-country shipbuilding and industrial capabilities. It enables construction of the AH140 hull, superstructure and components, final assembly and outfitting and also supports the development of sovereign in-service fleet support (ISS) capability.

Babcock will share its experience in preparing and investing in facilities, skills, systems and processes, most recently seen through the digital transformation and automation upgrade of its own Rosyth facility, readying the site for construction of AH140 for the Royal Navy’s Type 31, INSPIRATION-class vessels.

Depending on the transformation required and budget available, value-adding ARROWYARD packages span the whole product development lifecycle, including; a scalable design and build solution; technically proficient naval build infrastructure; an industry 4.0-ready workforce; world-class frigates; and an enduring in-service support capability.

Will Erith, Babcock’s Marine sector CEO, commented on the potential for ARROWYARD in the global shipbuilding market. “Interest in the ARROWHEAD 140 frigate is growing and, as one of the companies down selected for the design and feasibility study for the Polish MIECZNIK frigate programme, the incentive of working with global customers to support the in-country build of naval platforms, with all the benefits that brings to customer countries, has never been more timely […] ARROWYARD will help customers evaluate their existing shipbuilding capability and develop a plan to re-generate their infrastructure and processes, identifying gaps and providing a programme to bridge these with targeted investment and expert support.”

The AH140 design benefits from a proven hull-form that has been tried and tested in real-world operational environments, from NATO and coalition task forces to national regional and deployed operations. Functional engineering risks are reduced, informed by integration challenges that have already been experienced and resolved. The frigate’s modular build characteristics mean it is primed for pre-outfitting, with open compartments allowing for rapid assembly, supporting time and cost reduction efficiencies for entry into service.

The baseline AH140 design can be configured to meet the broad range of operational requirements and profiles that a global frigate may be called upon to undertake and adopt.  In selecting AH140, global customers can also capitalise on a fully-developed and readily transferable sovereign frigate design-and-build programme through ARROWYARD, while working with a world-class and highly-experienced ship design, build and support partner.

For a brief video outlining the ARROWYARD concept, click here:

Babcock’s AH140 design is attracting significant interest, which will be heightened by launch of the ARROWYARD support package. (Image: Babcock International)

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