Case Study

BAE Systems

We proudly played a big role in designing and installing the vessel tracking system that would go on to welcome the HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth harbour. This is the story of how the project was delivered.

BAE Systems are an international defence, security and aerospace company based in London.

They are one of the largest defence contractors in the world, with several projects including aircraft carriers, submarines and fighter jets.

Their IT Challenges

Whilst the new The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was under construction, preparation for its arrival into Portsmouth dock was initiated.

The new £3 billion aircraft carrier, which features two “islands” and weighs in at approximately 65,000 tonnes, is the first in the QE Class and was assembled in Rosyth dockyard, Scotland.

It was established that the current systems in place at Portsmouth were not sufficient and a new vessel tracking system was required to be able to safely track and monitor traffic in and out of the dockyard.

This would need to be a sophisticated network that would have links throughout the surrounding site, with provisions made for the system to stay continually online, even in the event of any links becoming unavailable. Large vessels would be coming in and out of the dock constantly, with the potential of breaking any line-of-site microwave links. Therefore, this would have to be factored into the design of the new network.

Our Solution

Coretek are proud to have been a part of this mammoth project, in partnership with BAE Systems and a small selection of other contractors.

Having started the project in 2015, Coretek’s Infrastructure department have since laid many kilometres of copper and fibre cables and installed new radar and microwave technologies.

Coretek’s Consultancy team designed the new networking system from scratch as well as installing and configuring the active networking equipment. As mentioned above, this innovative system has been designed to dynamically re-route traffic if any of the links are unavailable.

This all forms a sophisticated tracking system which allows ships to come in and out of the port safely and has been successfully in place for nearly two years.

The Future

Coretek continue to work closely with the team at BAE, providing 24/7 support for the vessel tracking network and working in collaboration with the other contractors who helped bring this system to fruition.


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