Babcock Announces Type 31 Supply Chain Contract Awards

Babcock Team 31 announced the second round of supply chain contract awards across the UK and Europe to support the Royal Navy’s Type 31 general purpose frigate programme.

Rolls-Royce is now a major supplier to the programme with its brand MTU, delivering the Main Engines and Diesel Generators for the frigates, which will be manufactured in Germany. Renk, will provide the main reduction gearboxes, and MAN Energy Solutions will supply the propellers and propeller shaft lines.

In addition, Blunox is contracted to supply the exhaust environmental equipment that significantly reduces emissions from the Main Engines and Diesel Generators. Combined with the subcontract placed with Darchem Engineering Ltd, will supply the intake and exhaust systems for the main engines and generators, rounding out the key propulsion system subcontracts.

The team also announced the award of the Chilled Water Plant subcontract with Novenco AS, providing critical system capability for the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system.

“Team 31 have committed to a programme of investments to deliver prosperity in line with the National Shipbuilding Strategy. We are delighted to welcome these key suppliers to the supply chain for the Type 31 frigate programme, and we continue to engage with additional suppliers to support this exciting programme for Babcock and the Royal Navy”, said Sean Donaldson, Managing Director for Energy & Marine at Babcock.

Last year, Babcock International was awarded the contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver the Royal Navy’s newest fleet of warships, the Type 31 frigate. The Type 31 programme will provide the Navy with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

The formal contract award followed an announcement earlier that Babcock’s Team 31 had been selected as Preferred Bidder following a competitive process.  Babcock offered its Arrowhead 140 design, based on the hull of the Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate, for the competition.

Royal Navy Type 31 Frigate Render
Rendering of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general purpose frigate. (Photo Credit: Babcock)

The frigates will be assembled at Babcock’s Rosyth facility, and involve supply chains throughout the UK, in line with the UK’s shipbuilding strategy.

The first ship is expected to be in the water by 2023 with the in-service date in 2027. The Type 31 frigates will complement the more capable Type 26 frigates in Royal Navy service.

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