This is for the Type 31 frigate, designed to be substantially cheaper than the Type 26, with price being the overwhelming driver. The RM wanted frigates, the Treasury won't fund the numbers of Type 26 frigates needed so the result is the bargain basement Type 31, which will be doing duty as West Indies and Flakland Island guardships, plus training roles.
The selected design, the 'Arrowhead 140' concept by Babcock and BMT, is based heavily on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates for the Royal Danish Navy
Five new frigates confirmed for Royal Navy's fleet
A deal has been signed for the construction of five new navy frigates.
Artist impression of the Type 31 frigate. Picture: Babcock/PA Wire
The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £1.25bn contract to Babcock for the construction of new Type 31 frigates.
The frigates, expected to be based in Portsmouth, will feature the Sea Ceptor missile system, a combat system with a 4D air and surface surveillance and more.
Each ship will cost approximately £250m.
An MoD spokeswoman said: ‘Today we have signed a contract with Babcock for the design and build of five Type 31 general purpose frigates.
‘We expect to have the first ship in the water by 2023, with five ships delivered by the end of 2028.’
Construction of the new ships is set to take place in Rosyth, Scotland.
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