The MoD has announced a further £472 million investment in the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme.
The MoD say the money will allow them to keep advancing the project’s demonstration phase.
The money will be spent on detailed design work, essential equipment and setting up shore-based testing facilities.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.
"These highly advanced ships will help keep Britain safe and support our ship-building industry. Investing in them is part of our plan to increase defence spending so our Armed Forces have the most modern equipment they need."
Key equipment purchases will include: diesel generators, sonar domes (which form the bow-mounted sonar used for anti-submarine detection) helicopter handling equipment, mission bay side doors, the stabiliser and steering gear system, and key elements of the T26 navigation system.
Shore-based testing facilities will assess key parts of the ship’s power and propulsion system and the Combat System.
The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will replace the Type 23 Frigates.