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Serco to continue at RAF Fylingdales

Previously unissued photo dated 12/09/13 of a security guard at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors, which celebrates its 50 year Anniversary on tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 15, 2013. 
The radar base continues its 24 hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year vigil, looking for deadly ballistic missiles heading our way. It was built as an early warning station during the Cold War to detect a potential nuclear attack. It was constructed on a former wartime mortar range by the United States but operated by the RAF. And, despite a substantial US military presence at the remote location, it remains a British-run base.The base, which dominates the skyline between Whitby and Pickering, is celebrating half a century of vigilance. The remote station has other roles, including keeping a close eye on everything floating around the Earth - from old pieces of rocket to the International Space Station. See PA story DEFENCE Fylingdales. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys /PA Wire

Previously unissued photo dated 12/09/13 of a security guard at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors, which celebrates its 50 year Anniversary on tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 15, 2013. The radar base continues its 24 hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year vigil, looking for deadly ballistic missiles heading our way. It was built as an early warning station during the Cold War to detect a potential nuclear attack. It was constructed on a former wartime mortar range by the United States but operated by the RAF. And, despite a substantial US military presence at the remote location, it remains a British-run base.The base, which dominates the skyline between Whitby and Pickering, is celebrating half a century of vigilance. The remote station has other roles, including keeping a close eye on everything floating around the Earth - from old pieces of rocket to the International Space Station. See PA story DEFENCE Fylingdales. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys /PA Wire

International service provider Serco is set to continue its association with RAF Fylingdales.

Serco has been re-awarded the contract to provide operation and maintenance support to the Solid State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR), part of the UK/US Ballistic Missile Early Warning System located at Fylingdales on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The six-year contract, which starts on April 1, is valued at over £15m, with an option for six further years.

Under the terms of the new contract, Serco will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the SSPAR and associated hardware and life support systems including Project Management and Software maintenance activities.

RAF Fylingdales is considered one of the key components for UK national security and last year celebrated 50 years of Ballistic Missile Early Warning Operations. Serco is the only contractor to have continuously operated and maintained the facility, despite 11 competitive tender exercises.

Some of the existing Serco team have been supporting RAF Fylingdales since the very beginning, while Serco as a company has provided continuous support on site since its formation in 1988.

Duncan Mackison, Serco’s managing director for defence said: “RAF Fylingdales plays a critical role in defending the nation. Serco is incredibly proud to be part of its 50 year history and can now look forward to being part of its future.

“We are delighted that both the MoD and RAF continue to have confidence in our ability to deliver a high quality service.

This is an important contract for us and our continued success is down to the hard work and professionalism of all those who work at this small station on the North Yorkshire Moors.”

 

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