Type-31e - NZ Frigate replacement contenders in 2030? Dec 12, 2018 16:30:15 GMT 12
Post by macnz on Dec 12, 2018 16:30:15 GMT 12
Yesterday, three shipbuilding teams have been shortlisted as preferred designers for the Type 31e:
(1) BAE Systems for the Leander based on the Khareef class design
(2) Babcock for the Arrowhead based on the Iver Huitfeldt class design
(3) Atlas Elektronik UK* based on the MEKO A-200 SAN design
* Read Here: www.savetheroyalnavy.org/three-bids-for-the-royal-navy-type-31e-frigate-competition-formally-accepted-by-the-mod/
Each have been awarded £5 million to further develop their plans for the new Type 31e frigate, with the winner of the contract to be decided by the end of 2019. Five new Type 31e frigates are to be built, with the first ship to be delivered to the Royal Navy by 2023. The contract specifies the unit cost is to be no more than £250 million**, worth a total of £1.25 billion.
The program objectives include; (1) modernising the Royal Navy fleet to 19 by the mid 2030s, (2) optimised for exporting to overseas customers, and (3) boosting innovation, skills, jobs and productivity across the UK.
** The Type 26 design has already secured a large order with the Australian Navy and is the front-runner for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future needs too. However the MOD recognised early on, that not all navies have the need for a ‘high end’ frigate purposed for ASW or guided missile prosecution like the; Type 26, F125, FREMM, F100, and FTI BELH@RRA designs represent. The Type 31e is to represent a credible platform for smaller navies looking for a light general purpose patrol frigate that can meet their all round workload for protection, patrol, and interdiction (ASW, AAW, ASUW, NGFS) in a small fleet (3-4). The MOD forecasts navies like New Zealand and other nations in the next 10 years will be in the market for an affordable combatant platform to fulfill their fleet obsolescence. The UK want a market share.
So this thread asks whether the Type 31e design is a credible contender to pitch to RNZN for the 2030s?