Sea Platforms

UK lays down markers for Type 31e frigate

10 September 2017

Key Points

  • The Type 31e design philosophy is of a standard ‘core’ platform offered with a matrix of ‘adaptable’ options to meet potential export requirements
  • A design and build contract award is planned for early 2019 following a fast-track competition

Details released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Royal Navy (RN) have given first firm indications of the mission requirements and performance characteristics being demanded of the new Type 31e frigate.

At the same time, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Philip Jones has acknowledged that the service must be “hard-headed” in setting realistic requirements – and sticking to them – to avoid programme delays and cost escalation.

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