BAE Systems has announced a teaming agreement with Cammell Laird to bid for the manufacture of the Type 31e general purpose frigate for the Royal Navy.
According to the agreement, which is in response to the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) National Shipbuilding Strategy, Cammell Laird would Prime, build and assemble the vessels.
According to the statement from BAE Systems, the agreement enables BAE Systems to deliver five Offshore Patrol Vessels and the first three City class Type 26 frigates on time. BAE Systems’ specialist skills in warship design, engineering and combat systems developed over many years, together with Cammell Laird’s strong shipbuilding experience, place the team in a strong position to win the Type 31e programme.
“Type 31e is an exciting and important programme. Our expertise in warship design and engineering, combat management systems and export campaigns means we are in a great position to contribute to the success of this programme”, said Iain Stevenson, Managing Director, BAE Systems Naval Ships.
“We are pleased to be working with Cammell Laird with whom we have a strong and effective relationship, having worked with them on the Carrier and Astute programmes”, he added.
“Cammell Laird has very much welcomed the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Type 31e competition. We will offer a UK warship design, a UK combat system, a UK build and a supply chain with high UK content”, said John Syvret CBE, CEO of Cammell Laird. “We will be working with BAE Systems and A&P to deliver certainty, speed and agility on this nationally important project. Cammell Laird is proud to be responding as a Prime Contractor for Type 31e.”