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UK readies to re-start Type 31e frigate competition

17 August 2018

Key Points

  • The MoD is preparing to re-start the competitive process for its five-ship Type 31e frigate programme
  • A short period of market engagement will start after 20 August ahead of a new competition

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to begin a new competition for the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) five-ship Type 31e general-purpose frigate programme just weeks after terminating the original acquisition process for lack of compliant bids.

A prior information notice (PIN) published by the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation on 14 August invited potential suppliers to register their interest in ‘early market engagement’ ahead of the start of what DE&S now terms the ‘New Procurement’.

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