Industry teams bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme have been given additional financial headroom after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) relaxed certain commercial conditions attached to the design and build phase.
The move means that the bidders will no longer be responsible for bearing the costs of government furnished equipment (GFE) in their bids. Furthermore, the MoD has dropped stipulations for a firm fixed-price design and build contract.
Forming the centrepiece of the MoD’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme envisages the acquisition of a class of five globally deployable general-purpose frigates geared towards forward-deployed maritime security, presence, and defence engagement operations.
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