BAE Systems and Cammel Laird today launched a new website for their Type 31e candidate: Leander. This is despite the MoD temporarily suspending the acquisition process last month.
‘Leander is at the cutting edge of modern warship design: stealthy, hardened/survivable, high endurance, a completely modern combat management system and bristling with enormous firepower’
Pitched as the ‘epitome of UK naval engineering’ on the new website, Leander is intended to compete with Babcock’s Arrowhead design for the contract.
The attraction of the two designs is the ‘value for money’. In the words of BAE Systems for example, Leander will provide ‘a level of capability that is unheard of for her price point’.
The website states that Leander is ‘available in four sizes (99m, 102m, 117m, 120m)’. This information was previously unconfirmed. It is understood that if the contract went to Cammel Laird, the Royal Navy would select the 120m size.
The below information comes directly from the Leander website. All previous unconfirmed reports are excluded.
Leander has been designed to comply with ‘the latest Royal Navy standards’. Indeed the website states that the ‘design to cost’ approach has not led to a compromise in combat credibility.
Leander will utilise the ‘BAE Systems Combat System’. Because of the maturity of this system, the class should be operational ‘shortly after delivery’.
Interestingly, the website states that in developing Leander, BAE has considered ‘all likely additional military roles’, including anti-submarine warfare.
Leander has also been designed to be highly ‘customisable’ with specific export partners in mind. This includes compatibility with ‘indigenous combat systems’.
The launch of this website is an interesting development. It affirms Cammel Laird’s and BAE Systems’ commitment to the Type 31e programme. In contracts, little has been heard from Babcock in recent weeks.
The website can be found here