Analox, flying the flag for SME’s
Analox Group are proud to announce that they have been awarded a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the manufacture and in service support of submarine atmosphere monitoring systems.
This contract further cements the long standing relationship between Analox and the UK MOD making the MOD their biggest customer. This contract has been 10 years in the making and marks a monumental milestone for Analox, at £13.9M, this is the biggest contract award in their 40 year history.
The FAMS (Fixed Atmosphere Monitoring System) will use pioneering technology to solve the gas sensing challenges onboard a submarine, to ensure the safety of those protecting our shores. This world class system will use state of the art sensors, offering real time analysis to the crew, enabling them to react quickly to take action to make the atmosphere safe. Under the contract Analox will be delivering one of the most sophisticated submarine atmosphere monitors in the world, the AA (Or Atmosphere Analyser).
Vicky Pigg - Managing Director of Analox’s Military business said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious contract with the MOD and the whole Analox team is excited to deliver a system which will safeguard the lives of our submariners. It will require some changes within Analox, but with change comes the opportunity for growth and development and every single person at Analox is up for the challenge!”.
In 2019, the MOD launched the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022, and laid out the Government’s priorities for increasing defence spending with small and medium-sized businesses. Vicky continued “The FAMS contract is the perfect example of the MOD delivering on its commitment to the government and SME’s alike, this action plan opens doors for companies like Analox and we are proud to be flying the flag for the SME community”.
The world is at a critical pivot point as we all start our journey to recover and rebuild from the impact of the pandemic. For Analox, this is the first step towards that, this contract will change the shape of Analox, it has immediately created 7 new roles and it will create an additional 4 within the next 2 years. It has also offered job security to the Analox team, sustaining 5 roles within the business. The new roles will be UK based, with our UK HQ in Stokesley being the primary base, further boosting the local economy.
Rear Admiral Paul Halton, Director Submarine Support in the Submarine Delivery Agency, said: “We within the SDA look forward to working with Analox, utilising this cutting-edge technology to drive continuous improvement in asset availability. This supports the SDA’s long-term strategy of improving the effectiveness, life and health of our submariners".
“The SDA is exceptionally pleased that this contract award has provided job security for Analox and has allowed a key supplier the opportunity to increase UK technology advances and subject matter expertise, something we wish to drive into all contracts we award. We look forward to the next five years.”
Work on delivering the contract has already started and will continue over the next 5 years, with the potential opportunity to offer in service support into the future. Analox are more than a supplier, they are a partner, and pride themselves on their comprehensive training and through life support. Vicky said “We have stood shoulder to shoulder with the military and submarine communities for over 30 years and we will continue to do so, offering safety advice and support and developing industry leading products, ensuring our people, keep your people, safe.”
For more information, you can read the official contract award notice here.