HMS Vigilant, the last of the four Royal Navy Vanguard Class submarines to be fitted with the updated BAE Systems Insyte Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG) has returned to operations after her new command system was installed in an impressive 18 days. As part of the nuclear deterrent force, HMS Vigilant is an essential element in the UK’s national security, making the rapid insertion of the new technology a high priority.

The success of this refit highlights once again Aish Technologies’ commitment to its customers and its ability to respond to the challenges set by the user community.

In recognition of his Installation Team’s contribution to the rapidity of this capability upgrade, Aish Technologies’ Installation Lead Karl Wells has won a prestigious Bronze Chairman’s Award from BAE Systems. We at Aish Technologies are very pleased to be associated with the team and the wider organisation that made such a success of this important upgrade. The award was given for the team’s speedy and efficient installation of SMCS-NG consoles onboard the Royal Naval Nuclear Fleet Submarine. The consoles are designed and manufactured at Aish Technologies’ Poole facility for BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (BAE Systems Insyte).

Awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding behaviours, innovation or sheer determination to improve efficiency and drive down cost, the Chairman’s Awards are presented annually by BAE Systems Chairman Dick Olver. The awards are open to all BAE Systems employees and those of BAE Systems’ partners throughout the world, so Karl is in select company.

On learning of the award, Karl said “I’m very proud to accept this on behalf of my team. The essentials for a successful installation are good people and forward planning, allied to close liaison with the dockyard, the customer, other contractors and boat’s complement. The result should be a clockwork operation, but the trick is to have a plan that’s flexible enough to cope with those inevitable moments when the hands fall off.”
Aish Technologies is very proud to be a key supplier to BAE Systems, and this award is a very welcome recognition of the dedication that Aish staff put into helping BAE Systems in its aim of exceeding customer expectation and maintaining its position as the world’s foremost defence company. The award follows a Silver Chairman’s Award for Innovation given for Aish Technologies’ work in the design of a new, high-efficiency Electronics Cabinet for the fourth Astute Class submarine, HMS Audacious.