The UK Government is pushing to export the Type 31 Frigate to Greece, Poland and Indonesia.
David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer of Babcock International, spoke at a formal meeting of the Defence Committee with the topic of ‘The Navy: purpose and procurement‘.
Tobias Ellwood (Chair): No doubt. The “e” in Type 31e stands for export. That is still the same. Can I ask, David, how many are you exporting?
David Lockwood: We are not exporting, because we are only just in the position to start export campaigns. We are involved in five live export campaigns.
Tobias Ellwood (Chair): Can you share, or is it confidential?
David Lockwood: The obvious big one is Greece, because that is the one that has been most heavily supported by Government and the Navy, but also Indonesia and Poland. Those are the big three frontrunners.
We recently covered efforts in Greece where Babcock are offering the Arrowhead 140 General Purpose Frigate, the design the Type 31 Frigate is based on, to the Hellenic Navy.
According to an e-mail from the firm, a comprehensive programme of discussions were undertaken as Babcock reinforced the strengths of the offer made by the company and the UK Government to provide the Hellenic Navy with a Hydra Class upgrade programme, an interim frigate capability and four Babcock Arrowhead 140 frigates.
“The Arrowhead 140 has already been chosen by the UK Royal Navy for its Type 31 future frigate programme. The company is committed to supporting Greek industry to build and assemble the new frigates in Greece, reinvigorating the domestic supply chain, upgrading infrastructure, modernising domestic facilities, upskilling and growing local workforces and transferring knowledge and technology. Babcock officials have also been engaging with Greece-based companies interested in being part of its in-country supply chain and recently held a live online event in Athens, under the auspices of the Hellenic MoD Armaments Directorate.”