The order for the next batch of Type 26 Frigates to be built on the Clyde will soon enter the ‘negotiation phase’, say BAE.
The first three of eight Type 26 Frigates have been ordered, the next batch will be the remaining five.
Ordering in batches is common for projects of this size around the world and was last seen with the Royal Navy for the Type 45 Destroyers and the five recent Offshore Patrol Vessels built on the Clyde. The Type 45s first batch order was for three vessels out of six, for example.
“We will enter into the negotiation phase in the next 18 to 20 months,” said Nadia Savage, director of the Type 26 programme.
“As we progress through the maturity of the design, it allows us to commit to the next batch and the timeframe around them.”
Asked by The Scotsman newspaper if the company had a contingency plan for any political uncertainty regarding their order and build, Ms Savage reportedly said:
“The political situation will play out. We can’t control that, but what we can control is that entry into service. We understand what the navy’s requirements are and we can work back from that and engage with stakeholders when we need to.”
The Type 26 Frigates will be named Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London.