The UK government has issued a contract notice calling on industry for expressions of interest to receive the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) for a new acquisition attempt for the Royal Navy’s Type 31e frigate requirement.
The programme, to acquire five new vessels to replace the incumbent Type 23 general-purpose frigates, expects the first ship to be delivered in 2023 and the rest by 2028. Under the mandate of the United Kingdom’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the programme aims to maximise UK content within the programme.
The release of the contract notice calls for industry to express their interest by 12 October, and the PQQ will be used to select suitable bidders for the competitive design phase (CDP) of the programme.
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