MoD pauses frigate procurement

Posted on 10 Aug 2018 and read 488 times
MoD pauses frigate procurementAccording to a report by NDI (www.eef.org.uk/ndi) (the organisation that helps the UK defence, aero-space, space and security sectors to compete globally) at the end of July, the MoD announced that the Type 31e general-purpose frigate programme (launched last year) has been ‘paused’ (and will be reviewed), because there were not enough compliant bids to proceed.

The “highly ambitious” timetable committed the MoD to announcing the two winners of a competitive design phase no later than the end of June, with the winning contractor announced by the end of March 2019.

The MoD says that this latest development does not change the timing or scope of programme delivery, which envisages the first ship being delivered by 2023.

The competition — to build five frigates for the Royal Navy at no more than £250 million per ship — was the flagship programme of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, launched in September last year.

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