The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) is a unique partnering relationship between industry (Babcock, BAE Systems and Thales UK) and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and is responsible for delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC), soon to be the biggest and most powerful surface warship ever constructed, to the Royal Navy.
The first aircraft carrier will be handed over to the MOD later in this decade, and to meet their challenging timescales, a number of key deadlines and maingate approvals must be met. As the project develops, understanding the cost implications relating to both operational and support requirements is critical. The team needed to ensure visibility of cost drivers, and associated implications on capability, for the Queen Elizabeth Class in support of gate approvals, whilst demonstrating through-life affordability.
LSC Group has delivered cost modelling - developing Through-Life Support and Cost Capability models. Both models have helped the ACA to understand and evaluate critical cost, capability and through-life support decisions. to provide the necessary information to support critical decision making across the programme.
Both objective, repeatable and auditable models have delivered significant benefits to the programme, providing greater confidence in the decision making process. Specific benefits include:
Detail the various combinations available to the ACA based on cost and availability options - recognises that there isn't always one solution
LSC Group continues to provide invaluable cost modelling support to the ACA as the programme develops. Elsewhere, the Cost Capability Trade Off (CCTO) model has been adapted for use across other high profile Maritime programmes, whilst the Through-Life Cost (TLC) model is being developed in response to a number of affordability questions relating to other major MOD assets.