UK/Indian Naval Partnership

aircraft carrier designs

The commander and the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba was welcomed aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of UK’s new aircraft carriers. The Indian Navy and the Royal Navy have formed the Carrier Capability Partnership with the aim of developing joint capabilities and assisting India’s carrier programme.

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Chief of the Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and The Chief of Naval Staff, The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC RN on the bridge of HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMNB Portsmouth.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones commented: “I am sure we will be able to develop further synergies in our respective future carrier strike capabilities. The important thing is that by developing these capabilities in tandem, we build in a level of interoperability. When combined with our regular operational interaction and exercises such as the hugely valuable Konkan series there can be no doubt we will be increasingly well placed to work together across the full spectrum of Naval activity – from disaster relief to high end warfighting.”

Weighing in at 65,000-tonnes, HMS Queen Elizabeth is longer than the Houses of Parliament and her flight deck could accommodate three football pitches; she is the biggest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Still under construction, the second of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, HMS Prince of Wales will enter active service from 2020.

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F-35B Lightning II jet’s conducting Developmental Trials onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Admiral Sunil Lanba was given a tour of HMS Queen Elizabeth and introduced to some of the many advanced features of Britain’s new carriers. Perhaps the most distinctive aspect are the twin islands and especially the futuristic form of the aft island which serves as a flight control tower. Dubbed the “Flyco”, the innovative air traffic control room was designed and manufactured by UK’s Tex Special Projects.

The first aircraft carrier and largest warship ever to be built in India for the Indian Navy is the INS Vikrant (meaning “courageous”). Design work began in 1999 and construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is expected to be completed by late 2020. India’s Pratex Power Vision Pvt Ltd and Tex Special projects are designing and managing the installation of the ultra-high specification glazing and ancillaries on the INS Vikrant.

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INS Vikrant under construction at CSL, Cochin, India.

Subsidiaries of UK manufacturing group Tex Holdings, Tex Special Projects and Tex ATC specialise in radio frequency-blocking glazing for both civilian and military applications and the design and manufacture of air traffic control rooms. Clients include BAE Systems, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Feka, Morgan Sindall, NATS and Thales. Tex ATC have been employed as consultants on numerous air traffic control room projects including Manchester Airport (UK), Mina Mussafah Harbour, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat International Airport (Oman), RAFO Thumrait (Oman) and Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport (Thailand).

Main picture: The Chief of the Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and The Chief of Naval Staff, The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Work Experience

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Liam from Suffolk One Sixth Form College, Ipswich, was welcomed for one week at the Tex ATC/Tex Special Projects design office. Liam’s work experience included modelling a visual representation of an air traffic control room using SolidWorks three-dimensional design-to-manufacture software. Damian Lummis, Design Office Manager and CAD Technicians Jonathan Wicks and Andy Constable offered their help and expertise. Liam made a great impression and we wish him well in his studies.

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Liam used SolidWorks to model his air traffic control room concept.

Tex ATC and Tex Special Projects are subsidiaries of Tex Holdings plc, world-renowned suppliers of hydraulic piling hammers, air traffic control rooms, radio frequency-blocking glazing (EMC/EMI/RFI shielding), road construction equipment, gensets, large-scale marine diesel and traction engine refurbishment, plastic injection moulding and panel products.

Business Development Manager

Air Traffic Control Tower Tex ATC

Tex ATC Division are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Business Development Manager to join their team at Claydon Business Park, Great Blakenham, near Ipswich (full time, permanent).

Tex ATC Division was established in 1996 and parent company Tex Holdings plc are listed on the London Stock Exchange. Tex ATC Division consist of two subsidiaries:

  • Tex ATC Services Ltd is a niche engineering group who specialise in design, manufacture and installation of Visual Control Rooms (VCR’s) for both civilian and military applications worldwide including provision of specialist consultancy on many international projects
  • Tex Special Projects Ltd design and fabricate specialist civilian and military engineering solutions, undertaking research and development for leading edge engineering consultancies

With leading expertise in production of bespoke steel structures and client specific glazing technology, Tex ATC Division use experience, knowledge of material applications and continual research and development to provide products that are value engineered to provide the optimum operational performance in many exciting worldwide projects.

The Role

The key responsibilities of the Business Development Manager will include but not be limited to the following:

  • To identify prospects, researching and analysing sales options
  • Establish contact with prospects and develop relationships
  • Translate customers ideas into tangible solutions
  • Attend meetings within the UK and overseas
  • Prepare reports for the board of directors
  • Reporting directly to the Managing Director
  • Generating and providing quotations

Candidate Profile

  • Strong proven track record in sales
  • Self motivated
  • Able to work independently
  • Complete tasks without the need for ongoing instruction
  • Thrive at communicating confidently and accurately at all levels
  • Possess exceptional organisational and presentation skills
  • Full, clean UK driving licence required

Qualifications/Skills

You will be computer literate and conversant with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Due to the sensitivity of the material held and employed within the role, the candidate may be required to undergo security background checks. Tex ATC regret that we can only accept applications from candidates who have a valid legal permit or right to work in the United Kingdom. Salary is negotiable depending upon experience. Please send your CV and covering letter for the attention of the HR Department. See listing on Indeed.co.uk. No agencies.

Grand Opening

Air Traffic Control Tower

Oman Airports celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Muscat International Airport, the largest airport in Oman, on 11 November, 2018. With potential for 75 million passengers per year, a 580,000 square metre passenger terminal, a 4 km-long runway, futuristic architecture, and an elegant 97.6 metres high air traffic control tower, the $1.8 billion investment is expected to become one of the top 20 airports of the world by 2020.

Share the celebrations at Airport Business magazine and admire the stunning attractions featured in this PPS video.

Tex ATC designed, manufactured and managed the installation of the 100 square metre air traffic control tower room at Muscat.

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Muscat International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower by Tex ATC.

Touchdown

Commander Nathan Gray (Royal Navy Test Pilot), Peter Wilson (Test Pilot) and Commodore Jerry Kid (Commanding Officer, HMS Queen Elizabeth) put HMS Queen Elizabeth and F-35 to the test in this BBC Video Top Story recording F-35 fighter jets taking off and landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. The single engine swivels 90 degrees during short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) mode and the F-35 hangs eerily in the air as LiftFan blasts 20,000 pounds of unheated air towards the deck. With a wing span of 10.7 m (35 ft), 15.4 m (50.5 ft) in length and a 42.7 m² (460 ft²) wing area, the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is capable of speeds up to 1,200 mph.

Part of Tex Holdings PLC, Tex ATC Division also has vast experience in air traffic control room design and their projects include Manchester Airport, various towers in UAE and Oman, and ‘Suvarnabhumi’ International Airport (SBIA) Bangkok, Thailand, the world’s tallest control tower.
HMS Queen Elizabeth, featuring the Flying Control Room (FLYCO) by Tex Special Projects.

The innovative Flying Control Room (FLYCO) on board HMS Queen Elizabeth was designed and manufactured by Tex Special Projects. Subsidiaries of UK manufacturing group Tex Holdings, Tex Special Projects and Tex ATC specialise in radio frequency-blocking glazing for both civilian and military applications and the design and manufacture of air traffic control rooms. Clients include BAE Systems, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Feka, Morgan Sindall, NATS and Thales. Tex ATC have been employed as consultants on numerous air traffic control room projects including Manchester Airport (UK), Mina Mussafah Harbour, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat International Airport (Oman), RAFO Thumrait (Oman) and Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport (Thailand).

Main picture, the first of the UK’s F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK.

World’s First Aircraft Carrier

Air Traffic Control Room by Tex Special Projects and Tex ATC

100 years after the design of HMS Hermes – the world’s first aircraft carrier – F-35 stealth jets will take off from another record breaker this autumn. Weighing in at 65,000-tonnes, HMS Queen Elizabeth is longer than the Houses of Parliament and her flight deck could accommodate three football pitches; she is the biggest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. Still under construction, the second of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers, HMS Prince of Wales will enter active service from 2020.

Air traffic control room design by Tex ATC
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing from her home in Portsmouth for the first time.

A BBC news article The UK’s Giant Aircraft Carriers illustrates a century of extraordinary shipbuilding and explains some of the many advanced features of Britain’s new carriers. Perhaps the most distinctive aspect are the twin islands and especially the aft island which takes the form of a flight control tower. Dubbed the “Flyco”, the innovative air traffic control room was designed and manufactured by Tex Special Projects.

Subsidiaries of UK manufacturing group Tex Holdings, Tex Special Projects and Tex ATC specialise in radio frequency-blocking glazing for both civilian and military applications and the design and manufacture of air traffic control rooms. Clients include BAE Systems, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Feka, Morgan Sindall, NATS and Thales.

Tex ATC have been employed as consultants on numerous air traffic control room projects including Manchester Airport (UK), Mina Mussafah Harbour, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat International Airport (Oman), RAFO Thumrait (Oman) and Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport (Thailand).

Britain’s Biggest Warship

Tex Special Projects designed, manufactured and integrated the innovative HMS Queen Elizabeth “FLYCO” visual control room and installed the navigation windows.

What makes HMS Queen Elizabeth so unique? Three years in the making and with unprecedented access, a new BBC series tells the story of “Britain’s Biggest Warship.” Series 1:1 “Crewing Up”, first shown 15 April 2018 on BBC 2, documents Captain Jerry Kyd and his 700 crew as they embark on seal trials in the North Sea.

Tex Special Projects designed, manufactured and integrated the innovative HMS Queen Elizabeth “FLYCO” visual control room and installed the navigation windows. Specialists in EMC/EMI/RFI shielding, IR screening, acoustic attenuation, and ballistic/impact resistance, Tex Special Projects design bespoke structural, engineering and glazing systems for both military and civilian application, and undertake research, design and development for leading edge engineering consultancies.

Specialists in EMC/EMI/RFI shielding, IR screening, acoustic attenuation, and ballistic/impact resistance, Tex Special Projects design bespoke structural, engineering and glazing systems for both military and civilian application, and undertake research, design and development for leading edge engineering consultancies.
Simulator view of the FLYCO.

Tex Special Projects are a division of Tex ATC, the world-renowned supplier of air traffic control rooms, prefabricated VCR’s and VCR refurbishment.

“Britain’s Biggest Warship”: now available on BBC iPlayer.

A Tribute to Mike McCarthy

Tex Special Projects design, manufacture and integrate bespoke structural, engineering and glazing systems for both military and civilian application, and undertake research, design and development for leading edge engineering consultancies. Projects include navigation windows and modular flying control rooms for the Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and engineered systems for the Indian Navy.

“Imagine the glass of a flying control tower so strong that it could withstand a strike equivalent to a direct hit from the blade tip of a Chinook helicopter… The FLYCO provides the operators with an unparalleled operational working space, with three metre tall specially glazed panels, giving more than 290 degrees of view over the flight deck… Welcome on board HMS Queen Elizabeth.”

Read more about this feat of engineering in a special Thales tribute to the late Mike McCarthy who was the Managing Director and lead designer at Tex Special Projects for the Queen Elizabeth Class programme.

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Commissioning Ceremony

HMS Queen Elizabeth as she sailed into her home port of Portsmouth. Flyco by Tex Special Projects

UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, entered service in Portsmouth today, 7 Dec 2017. The Queen, ship’s company and 3,700 guests attended to see the Royal Navy White Ensign raised on the vessel for the first time.

Tex Special Projects designed and manufactured the innovative Flying Control Room (FLYCO) and installed the glazing throughout the ship.

FLYCO design by Tex Special Projects
The 65,000-tonne carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port.

The Queen described the ship as “… the most powerful and capable ship ever to raise the White Ensign. At the forefront of these responsibilities will be the men and women of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, supported by the Army, Royal Air Force and by coalition partners. As the daughter, wife and mother of naval officers, I recognise the unique demands our nation asks of you and I will always value my special link to HMS Queen Elizabeth, her ship’s company and their families.”

FLYCO design by Tex special Projects
The ship berthed at the newly-opened Princess Royal Jetty at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth.

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, described how today’s events confirmed Britain’s place “… among the world’s great maritime powers in the most majestic and muscular terms.” He added: “We have been on a long, complicated – but committed – journey to get to this point and commissioning the ship is a key milestone. The point of the big grey ship is it’s enormously big, flexible, capable and adaptable. The Queen Elizabeth-class carriers will sit at the heart of a modernised and emboldened Royal Navy, capable of projecting power and influence at sea, in the air, over the land and in cyberspace… ”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: “Congratulations from the Royal Air Force to the Royal Navy on achieving another important milestone in the UK’s Carrier Strike capability. I know the RAF and RN F-35 crews are looking forward to starting to fly from HMS Queen Elizabeth next year.”

8ft-long (2.44m) cake replica of the ship.
8ft-long (2.44m) cake replica of the ship!

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin visits Tex Special Projects

Air Traffic Control Room

HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier and the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy, is soon to be formally commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet by Her Majesty the Queen. Tex Special Projects designed and manufactured the innovative Flying Control Room (FLYCO) and installed the glazing throughout the ship. Over 10 years’ of feasibility studies, design and Finite Element Analysis was carried out at Tex’s UK site.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin visits Tex Special Projects on 23 November 2017
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin visits Tex Special Projects on 23 November 2017.

Harriett Baldwin explained “Soon our sailors will be watching, through these panes of glass, our F-35 fighter jets take off to defend our country. Our new aircraft carriers are a floating example of British industrial ingenuity and have helped to boost local businesses right up and down the UK.”

Chris Parker, Director reported “Tex Holdings have long been involved in a variety of Ministry of Defence projects such as designing visual control rooms within air traffic control centres for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy air stations across the UK. For this project we had to design and overcome some very demanding technical challenges, delivering a near uninterrupted 290-degree field of view of the flight deck, which is unparalleled in any nation’s warships. We feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of this very prestigious capital project. For 12 years we have provided our technical expertise and supplied the FLYCO and all the ship’s windows, wipers and blades. Without the Queen Elizabeth Class programme the Special Projects Company would never have been formed, so we are extremely grateful for the exceptional opportunity it afforded us.”

Other Tex ATC Division projects include the air traffic control room at Manchester Airport, towers in UAE, and the visual control room at SBIA Bangkok, the world’s tallest control tower.

Read more about Harriett Baldwin’s visit on the HM Government GOV.UK and Ipswich Star.