Babcock, BAE Systems awarded contract extension for MCG

first_img Categories: Back to overview,Home naval-today Babcock, BAE Systems awarded contract extension for Royal Navy MCG Posted: over 4 years ago The agreement is worth about £43m and will see the continuation of in-service support to the 4.5 MCG across 19 Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers as well as HMS Collingwood. The continued collaboration between Babcock and BAE Systems, the gun’s designer, is said to offer the capacity, proven capabilities and infrastructure to run in-service support. British aerospace and defence company Babcock International and compatriot BAE Systems have been awarded a five-year contract extension by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to continue in-service support to the Royal Navy’s 4.5 Mk8 medium calibre gun (MCG). Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy Babcock, BAE Systems awarded contract extension for Royal Navy MCG Babcock, BAE to work on Royal Navy’s MCG weapon system “The 4.5 MCG is a key weapons system on board the fleet, helping to keep personnel safe during operations. By creating a digital twin to better predict performance and define maintenance requirements, we are delivering real-world use of technology for our customer,” Will Erith, CEO Babcock Marine said. April 9, 2021, by Naida Hakireviccenter_img View post tag: medium calibre gun Photo: UK MOD View post tag: Babcock The digital twin enables digital connection with the asset presenting near real-time insight to the materiel state of the gun. It combines Babcock proprietary data capture technology and data science capability, augmenting Babcock’s engineering pedigree in naval gun support. The technology provides the on-board maintainer with the information they need to optimise maintenance and provides Babcock the foresight needed to predict future faults and proactively intervene to keep the asset operational and increase availability. Posted: over 4 years ago The Mk8 MCG is a modern, semi-automatic variant and can rapidly fire high explosive rounds against land and sea targets with pinpoint accuracy. Babcock has also opted to implement innovative digital twin technology to drive an increase in reliability and availability of the weapons system and work to extend its service life. The effort to increase efficiency will also see the roll out of BAE Systems’ design interventions. View post tag: BAe Systems Authorities Equipment & technology Related Articlelast_img read more

Heartbreak at Barkley Marathon

first_imgThe Barkley Marathon starts with the race director blowing on a conch shell and lighting a cigarette, and it ends with either the Easy Button or Taps. It brags that it has a near complete failure rate. In its three decades of existence, only 15 runners have been able to defeat the clock, the mountains, and the briars.The checkpoints are 13 books placed throughout the course, which consists mainly off-trail. Competitors tear the page that matches their race number to show that they have followed the course. The most advanced pieces of technology allowed are a basic watch, a paper map, and compass. No GPS allowed.The Barkley 100-Mile Ultramarathon has a near-complete failure rate. In three decades, only 15 runners have been able to defeat the clock, the mountains, and the briars.This year, world-record holders, Mount Everest summiters, and the world’s most elite runners competed alongside weekend warriors in this international event in the backwoods of Tennessee. Thousands apply each year, but only 40 are chosen.The race started at 1:42 am into the heavy and damp fog of the night. Two athletes separated themselves early: John Kelly and Gary Robbins.Kelly grew up in the mountains surrounding Frozen Head State Park. Robbins, meanwhile, was from Canada. They worked together for the first four loops.The race rules require that if two runners make it to lap five, they run it in opposite directions. As Kelly and Robbins started loop five around midnight, with about 13 hours remaining before the 60-hour cutoff, they both restocked quickly and hit the trail solo for the first time. At this point, they had not had any sleep in around 24 hours.During the final lap, it rained heavily. Kelly ran with an orange toboggan he had found on the trail, believed to have been dropped by an inmate from the nearby federal prison, along with a plastic grocery bag to keep him somewhat dry during the downpour.With about 30 minutes left on the clock, John Kelly pushed up the hill and touched the famed yellow gate moments later to complete The Barkley Marathons and become the 15th finisher of the event. The raw emotion on his face was a powerful testament to the moment. John pushed the Easy Button and took a seat.Meanwhile, Robbins’ wife and son waited nervously. Then, with a few seconds left, Robbins came running up the same road as Kelly—the wrong direction. Sprinting with everything he had, he lunged for the gate and collapsed on the road breathing heavily and soaking wet.When Robbins touched the gate, the time read 60:00:06—six seconds over the time limit of 60 hours.What had happened on the final lap? After reaching all the checkpoints, Robbins had gotten lost in the fog. He ended up going a few miles out of the way and had to swim across a flooded creek, a decision he made in his sleep-deprived state. He said that he knew he didn’t have the time to go back and get on the correct course route, so Robbins decided to race the clock even though he knew that going off course was grounds for disqualification.At the finish line, after catching his breath, Robbins thanked the race director. Robbins said not to worry about his race, but to congratulate and focus on John Kelly for his accomplishment and becoming the 15th Barkley finisher.Robbins began to walk to his tent with his family to clean up and get food in him, but not before having Taps played for his run. All eyes were on Robbins and his family as Dave the Bugler played what he called the hardest Taps the Barkley has ever heard.last_img read more