Rival industry teams bidding for the UK Royal Navy's Type 31e frigate programme have submitted their technical and commercial proposals to the UK's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation.
In December 2018 Atlas Elektronik UK, Babcock, and BAE Systems were each awarded competitive design phase contracts, worth GBP5 million (USD6.37 million) apiece, to mature their candidate design, build strategy, and commercial proposals over a seven-month period. Bids for the design and build phase were received by DE&S on 24 June.
Forming the centrepiece of the government's National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme calls for 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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