Anschütz, the specialist in naval navigation and systems integration, has successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of its Warship Integrated Navigation and Bridge System (WINBS) for the first ship of the new Type 31 Inspiration Class for the UK Royal Navy. Anschütz, as part of the Thales led T31 Missions Systems team, is delivering the first Integrated Bridge and Navigation System for the Babcock Type 31 Arrowhead 140 frigates in the New Year.
The FAT was carried out by Anschuetz UK Ltd., who are responsible for the integration, testing and commissioning of the Type 31 WINBS. It took place at their new integration and testing facilities at Portsdown Technology Park end of 2023.
“We are proud to supply the UK Royal Navy with an extremely reliable and advanced integrated bridge system”, said Glen Cheadle, Managing Director at Anschuetz UK. “As we now equip all of the Royal Navy’s major newbuild projects, we aim to provide our valued customers with high efficiency in through-life support, service and upgrades to the fleet.”
Anschuetz UK provides comprehensive logistical and technical support to our UK-based naval customers. It has invested into the highly modern and well-equipped new site in order to provide excellent local support to the Royal Navy fleet in the future. The strong team consists of professionals with excellent knowledge of marine electronics and many years’ experience of working with the UK customers.
The WINBS designed for the Type 31 Arrowhead 140 features the latest integrated navigation and bridge system technology for warships. It comprises state-of-the-art system solutions for integrated navigation, tactical navigation and mission systems, naval radars, automatic and manual steering control systems, communication systems and a full suite of navigational and tactical sensors.
Using synergies in logistics and operations, the Type 31 WINBS expands on the core Type 26 bridge system design and provides advanced navigational and tactical capabilities engineered within Anschütz’s open architecture bridge system framework.