The Type 26 ‘City class’ Frigate will be a powerful and flexible frigate with a wide array of cutting edge sensors and weapons, but what will those weapons be?
The City class will be equipped with the Type 997 Artisan 3D search radar and Sea Ceptor air-defence missiles launched via a 48 cell vertical launching system positioned.
The Sea Ceptor silo’s will be positioned on the bow and at the funnel of the vessel.
An additional 24-cell Mark 41 “strike-length VLS” is positioned forward of the bridge capable of firing missiles such as the Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile, a future anti-ship missile, or even more quad packed Sea Ceptor missiles although this is incredibly unlikely.
Recently, Harriett Baldwin and her French counterpart signed an agreement to explore future long range weapons for the British and French Navies and Air Forces.
The missile however will not be ready to replace Harpoon until 2030, leaving the Type 26 Frigates without any real means to engage surface warships aside from their helicopters.
Like the Type 23 frigate it will replace, the Type 26 will have an acoustically quiet hull for anti-submarine warfare and will be fitted with a Thales Underwater Systems Type 2050 bow sonar and a powerful Sonar 2087 towed array.
The frigate will also be fitted with guns of various calibres. Instead of the RN’s current 4.5 inch Mark 8 naval gun, the frigate will be equipped with a NATO-standard BAE 5 inch, 62-calibre Mark 45 naval gun.
Smaller guns include two Phalanx CIWS, two 30mm DS30M Mark 2 Automated Small Calibre Guns and a number of miniguns and general-purpose machine guns.