Babcock International has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver the Royal Navy’s newest fleet of warships, the Type 31 frigate.
The Type 31 general-purpose frigate 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 follows the announcement earlier this year 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.
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.
It was announced earlier that the work on the fleet of five ships will begin immediately following formal contract award, with detailed design work to start now and manufacture commencing in 2021 and concluding in 2027.