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Britain could attract $10 billion Australian frigate contract after a report by RAND is expected to advise that using an existing design, most likely Britains Type 26 Frigate, for the warships would be the least risky option for Australia, and that would “mostly likely” have to happen offshore.

RAND looked at three design and build options; an off-the-shelf design, a modified off-the-shelf design and an entirely new design.

“Each option would entail different risks and implications for the acquisition process and strategy. The pure military off-the-shelf solution (which most likely would be built outside Australia) probably would entail the least design and cost risk, given that there would be an experienced builder and active supplier base.”

The Australian Defence Department confirmed that no decision had yet been made on where the frigates would be built, and that no commitment would be made before the White Paper was released.

An Australian defence spokesman said:

“A decision to build the Future Frigates in Australia would be dependent upon the outcomes of … feasibility studies, and the ability of the Australian shipbuilding industry to demonstrate international productivity standards.”

It is my opinion that this has a chance of happening but then again, I would have a chance of winning the lottery if I played it.

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    • I want to see the UK return to much closer trade ties with NZ and AUS as Labour’s trade policy of bypassing New Zealand and Australia when signing up to the ‘Common Market’ was one betrayal too far.

    • Alas I fear you’re most likely correct. The F18s and UH60s are one thing but come on, how the hell did they conclude that the M1 Abrams was a better shout than the Leopard 2A6? It does seem that they’re willing to purchase US stuff just for the sake of making the Americans happy.

  1. Canada has approved long-term funding for 15 frigate size vessels. It would certainly be worthwhile to investigate joint production of a common platform with the UK, Canada and Australia and perhaps New Zealand and others.

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