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The Practical Lecture - BAE Presenting on their Offshore Patrol Vessel Programme

Engineering Scotland
Glasgow Kelvin College, Springburn Campus,
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 17:30 to 20:00

Engineering Scotland's Practical Lecture 2015 is an opportunity to hear about BAE Systems exciting Offshore Patrol Vessel Programme and how the company is using the project to develop its engineering talent.  The 90 metre OPV is based on a proven BAE Systems design which is already in service with the Brazilian Navy and Royal Thai Navy.  Engineering at BAE Systems have modified the design, ensuring it meets the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of the UK interests both at home and abroad.

The vessels will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops.  They will also be the first ships to be built with a BAE Systems designed, new state-of-the-art operating system called Shared Infrastructure, which will be rolled out across the Royal Navy's surface fleet over the next ten years.  Shared infrastructure revolutionises the way ships operate by using virtual technologies to host and integrate the sensors, weapons and management systems that complex warships require.  By replacing multiple large consoles dedicated to specific tasks with a single hardware solution, the amount of spares which are required to be carried onboard is reduced, significantly decreasing through-life costs.

The manufacturing contract for the three ships was announced in August.  The OPVs will be globally deployable and capable of ocean patrol with a range of 5,000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 24 knots.  The first of class is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.

You are warmly invited to join us for Engineering Scotland's Practical Lecture 2015, which will be delivered by Iain Stevenson, Project Director, Alac Bennett, Chief Engineer and Callum Vause, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems - on Wednesday 25th March, kindly hosted by Glasgow Kelvin College at its Springburn campus.  This is a chance to see this College's new campus and some of the impressive facilities which are available.  (There is car parking both on site and in the surrounding area.)  Please join us for a buffet at 5.30pm.  The lecture will follow at 6.00pm with Q&A following  and we will close at 8.00pm.

The event is free of charge but places are limited and registration is essential - to register, please visit our Eventbrite page.  When you register, please indicate whether you would be interested in a tour of the facilities.  We look forward to welcoming you at 5.30pm on the 25th of March.