Babcock secures UK Type 31 frigate contract

18 November 2019

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new Type 31 general-purpose frigate.

Signed on 15 November, the award covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of GBP250 million (USD320 million) each.

The Babcock-led Team 31 – also including Thales, OMT, and BMT – was in September this year confirmed as preferred supplier for the Type 31 programme. The team had proposed the Arrowhead 140 design, which is based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class platform already in service with the Royal Danish Navy.

In an unusual move, the Type 31 contract has been concluded despite the UK being in a pre-election period.

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