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.