The financial spin-off from Rosyth’s aircraft carrier project is being felt for the good by Glenrothes manufacturing company Brand-Rex, reports GAIL MILNE.
Glenrothes-based Brand Rex won the £5million contract to supply fibre optic components for the carriers contract and has seen work begin in earnest on the first of the two new aircraft carriers currently under construction at the Rosyth Royal Dockyard.
Work is well underway on the new 65,000 tonne Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, with the first consignments of the company’s Blolite blown optical fibre solution shipped in readiness for installation.
As the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will provide a 16,000m2 military operating base that can be deployed worldwide. Each carrier will have nine decks, plus a flight deck the size of three football pitches, along with two propellers weighing 33 tonnes and producing a maximum speed of over 25 knots (46km/h).
Work on the various sections is taking place at shipyards across the country, involving more than 10,000 people and over 100 different companies.
Completed sections are now being delivered along the Firth of Forth to the Rosyth Royal Dockyard, where they will be assembled with the help of one of the UK’s largest cranes – the 68m structure known as Goliath.
Two of the lower main blocks, together weighing more than 6,000 tonnes and forming part of the base of one ship, have already been delivered and assembly is due to begin shortly.
Paul Lines, chief executive of Brand-Rex, said: “Seeing the components being delivered is fantastic and highlights the scale and importance of this project.”
The two carriers being built will form the centrepiece of Britain’s military capability they will operate at least 12 of the carrier variant joint strike fighter jets, allowing for “unparalleled interoperability” with allied forces.
With this in mind efficient and effective communications is a must, which is why Brand-Rex was awarded the £5m contract to provide the complete fibre optic based infrastructure for each craft.
Brand-Rex will also provide training for Royal Navy personnel relating to the fibre optics.
Mr Lines said: “As a company we are incredibly proud to be involved.”