► Babcock International and SH Defence sign Memorandum of Understanding

31 January 2023Babcock, the international defence company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SH Defence to explore the potential of the Danish equipment provider’s Cube™ system for its Arrowhead 140 (AH140) General Purpose Frigate.

Following the signing, Babcock and SH Defence will work together to identify opportunities to install the modular system that can make mission preparation faster and safer by hosting and moving equipment in shipping containers on board vessels.

The Cube™ can be installed on board vessels with side ‘mission bays’, which provide portside access to storage space on board the ship.

Signing of the MOU took place at Babcock’s Rosyth facility with Neil Young, Babcock’s Engineering & Technology Director and Rene Bertelsen, CEO of SH Defence.

The Cube™ can adapt to work on air, surface or subsurface vessels and will quickly handle and move specialised shipping containers, carrying mission-specific equipment, onto the vessel as the crew prepare to get underway.

Engineering & Technology Director for Babcock, Neil Young said:

“I’m delighted we have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with SH Defence. The Cube™  modular payload system is a very exciting product with lots of obvious benefits to our customers.

“Adding modularisation of mission capability to the inherent adaptability of the Arrowhead 140 frigates will support the aspirations of many international navies. “With clever locking and skidding systems payload modules can be swapped far more quickly than before, while maintaining the highest levels of safety. I’m looking forward to the opportunities and capabilities the Cube™ will bring to our projects.”