The MoD has announced a further £472 million for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigate programme.
The investment in the Clyde frigate programme will allow the MoD to continue the project’s demonstration phase with additional investment for detailed design work, the purchase of essential equipment and setting up shore-based testing facilities.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
These highly advanced ships will help keep Britain safe and support our ship-building industry. Investing in them is part of our plan to increase defence spending so our Armed Forces have the most modern equipment they need.
Key equipment purchases include diesel generators, sonar domes, helicopter handling equipment, mission bay side doors and the stabiliser and steering gear system.
Together with five Offshore Patrol Vessel and the planned “at least 5” Type 31 General Purpose Frigate, the 18 new Clyde-built warships will be a key element of the UK’s defence capability.
Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement organisation, Tony Douglas added:
“We have a long history of delivering complex warships in the UK and as a result of today’s announcement we will continue to develop a clear way forward for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme that reflects the recent Strategic Defence and Security Review, in which the design is further matured while extending the engagement of the wider UK supply chain.”
The Type 26 Frigate will be in service with the Royal Navy for decades to come, they will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.