BAE Awarded Manufacturing Contract For Type 26 Global Combat Ships

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence worth £3.7bn.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence worth £3.7bn.

It is to manufacture the first three ships for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme, with the steel being cut on the first ship in Glasgow within the next few weeks.

A total of eight ships are expected to be built within the programme with the deal for the other five ships to be negotiated in 2020.

The ships will specialise in anti-submarine warfare and work closely with the Navy's Trident nuclear deterrent and the new aircraft carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, launched from Rosyth last week for sea trials.

The fleet will eventually replace the current Type 23 frigates.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the Type 26 programme will secure the long-term future of the Scottish shipbuilding industry:

"The Type 26 Frigate is a cutting-edge warship, combining the expertise of the British shipbuilding industry with the excellence of the Royal Navy.

"We will cut steel on the first ship later this month – a hugely significant milestone that delivers on our commitment to maintain our global naval power.

"These ships will be a force to be reckoned with, there to protect our powerful new carriers and helping keep British interests safe across the world."

The MOD says it expects the first Type 26 Frigate to be handed over to the Royal Navy by the mid-2020s, with the second and third ships handed over later that decade.

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