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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Defence projects in the line of fire

The projects most vulnerable to Ministry of Defence cuts are also those most critical to maintaining industry capacity in Britain. They include:

Type-26 ships
The Type-26 Global Combat Ship will replace the Type-23 frigate as the workhorse of the Royal Navy, with capability for battle, maritime security and international engagement.
The first is set to enter service in 2022 and the last will remain operational until 2060.

The programme promises to be one of the single most financially burdensome projects for the next government with estimates running to up to as £400m per ship. Current plans are to replace the 13 Type-23 frigate with 13 Type-26 ships delivered in two variants: anti-submarine warfare and general purpose vessels.

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