BAE Systems To Commence Type 26 Global Combat Ship Manufacturing In Mid 2017

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BAE Systems To Commence Type 26 Global Combat Ship Manufacturing In Mid 2017
Type 26 Global Combat Ship

BAE Systems will start manufacturing Type 26 anti-submarine warfare ship in mid 2017 to replace type 23 frigates.

Globally deployable, it will be capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance, either operating independently or as part of a task group.

The UK Government committed to eight advanced anti-submarine warfare ships in its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and has to date invested a total of £1.9 billion in the program, the company announced Friday.

Manufacturing contracts are already in place for the procurement of major equipment for the first three ships.

To date there are 27 companies in the supply chain working with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 ships, with manufacturing of the ships’ air weapons handling systems, gas turbines, and electric propulsion motor and drive systems underway across the UK.

BAE Systems is also under contract to manufacture the Maritime Indirect Fire System, including its 5-inch 62 cailbre Mk 45 gun for the first three Type 26 ships and the MOD has announced a contract with MBDA to deliver the Sea Ceptor self-defence missile system for the fleet.

Plans are also on track to finalise a contract to build two further Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), which the Government committed to in the SDSR, providing continuous warship production in Glasgow through to the Type 26 programme.

The first three River Class OPVs are already under construction at BAE Systems’ facilities in Glasgow.

Construction of first of class, FORTH, began in October 2014, second of class, MEDWAY, began in June 2015 while TRENT began in October 2015.

The OPV design builds on the Royal Navy's existing River Class ships and variants are already in service in Brazil and Thailand. Engineers at BAE Systems have modified the design to meet the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of UK interests both at home and abroad.

The new River Class OPVs will be globally deployable and capable of ocean patrol.

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