The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a $1.32 billion (£859 million) contract to BAE Systems to develop a new class of frigate for the Royal Navy, the MoD announced on Friday.
The contract will set the stage for the planned 2016 start of construction for 13 Type 26 Global Combat Ship — the planned replacement for the Royal Navy’s existing 1980s-desgined Duke Type 23 frigates, according to a statement from BAE.
“The new contract will include investment in essential long lead items for the ships, shore testing facilities,” read the MoD statement.
“There will also be investment in key equipment for the first three ships – such as gas turbines, diesel generators and steering gear – allowing suppliers to plan, invest and secure their workforce on the project.”
The Type 26s are anticipated to be primary ship in the Royal Navy’s surface fleet as the class begins to come online starting the 2020s.
The design of the 5,500-ton large frigate-sized ships are significantly larger than the 3,600-ton Type 23s and eight will be optimized for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), according to U.S. Naval Institute’s Combat Fleets of the World.
The ships will field a vertical launch system for surface to surface and land attack missiles, a BAE 997 Artisan 3-D air surface search radar and have a crew of about 130 sailors.
The ships will likely be built in Glasgow, Scotland.
“This is a substantial investment in our shipbuilding industry, safeguarding the jobs of 600 workers in Scotland and many more across the U.K.,” read a statement from U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Friday’s award follows a 2010 BAE design contract to $195 million design contract to develop the Type 26 concept.
The Type 31 general purpose frigate, the 'cheaper' and more 'exportable' design is more nebulous
First three ships formally ordered finally, no indication on class or ship naming as yet.
FighterJock said:The first Type 26 Frigate will be known as HMS Glasgow and the Frigate will be known as the City class.
starviking said:Hmm. We have HMS Belfast extant, so what city will represent Northern Ireland?
TomS said:starviking said:Hmm. We have HMS Belfast extant, so what city will represent Northern Ireland?
I don't think the museum ship "HMS Belfast" is technically in commission, so they could reuse that name without too much trouble. Would actually make a great photoshoot, with the new ship steaming past the old one docked in the Thames.
We believe Type 26 GCS could be the right solution for CSC. The ship meets Canada's high-level requirements - already released - and will be capable of deployment worldwide for extended periods, undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity conflict to humanitarian assistance, including anti-submarine warfare and air defence. It is flexible, versatile and is highly survivable with an extremely low acoustic signature. The Type 26 design is tailored to be inherently flexible to accommodate the different ways that international customers build their ships, minimising cost and risk.
The keys to the vessel’s ability to meet the Canadian requirement and to accommodate Canada-specific sub-systems are its modular design and open systems architecture. The same features will also minimise cost of ownership and facilitate Canadian industry playing a leading role in through-life support and upgrade; delivering long term economic benefit to Canada.
150 years' heritage
At BAE Systems we have more than 150 years' heritage in warship design, and over the last 50 years have designed and built some of the quietest ships and submarines ever deployed. These low acoustic signatures are crucial for ships to evade detection from submarines, which ultimately translates into the safety and survivability of the crew, and the ability of the ship to successfully complete its mission.
fredymac said:Are they retaining the "frigate" designation? The size/weight of this ship is pretty close to a destroyer.
Grey Havoc said:http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.ie/2017/07/type-26-and-remnant-royal-navy.html
JFC Fuller said:Yes, it was confirmed years ago and the guns are already ordered. It also has the automatic ammunition handling system in the bow.
Will also allow the mount to operate more effectively with fewer crew.FighterJock said:JFC Fuller said:Yes, it was confirmed years ago and the guns are already ordered. It also has the automatic ammunition handling system in the bow.
Interesting to note that it has got an automatic ammunition handling system in the bow, that will save time for loading after the gun fires.