Sea Platforms

Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid

20 February 2018

Key Points

  • Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’
  • The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e

The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme has unveiled new details of its pursuit just weeks ahead of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) planned release of an invitation to negotiate (ITN).

Executives from the two partner companies claim the UK-owned and developed Leander design offers the lowest risk and lowest life-cycle cost solution for Type 31e while simultaneously promising the best return for UK prosperity and exports.

The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems Leander frigate design concept. (BAE Systems)The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems Leander frigate design concept. (BAE Systems)

Forming the centrepiece of the MoD’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme envisages the fast-track acquisition of a globally deployable but affordable frigate geared towards maritime security and defence engagement operations. A ceiling price of GBP250 million (USD350 million) per ship has been set for the first batch of five frigates, which are intended to enter RN service from 2023 to replace the five general purpose-roled Type 23 frigates.

Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird announced in October 2017 that it had teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the Type 31e competition under the banner of ‘Team Leander’. A specialist in commercial shipbuilding and ship repair, Cammell Laird is building the polar research vessel RSS Sir David Attenborough for the UK Natural Environment Research Council under a GBP150 million contract awarded in late 2015. The company has also won contracts to build several small ferries.

For Type 31e, Cammell Laird is the prime contractor and shipbuilder, while BAE Systems is design agent for the 117 m Leander design, and is also responsible for combat system supply and integration. “We believe that we are the only team that can execute the programme in a low-risk way and offer a design that meets the level of warfighting capability and survivability demanded by the RN,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird’s Type 31e director, told Jane’s .

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