The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a £472 million contract to progress the Type 26 GCS (Global Combat Ship) combat frigate programme following the British Government’s commitment in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) to buy eight of the advanced anti-submarine warfare ships.
Effective from April 2016, the 15 month contract extends the current demonstration phase ensuring continued momentum to further mature the detailed design of the Type 26 GCS ships and to manufacture key equipment for the first three ships.
To date, there are 27 companies across the maritime supply chain working with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 GCS ships, including seven firms with contracts underway to manufacture key equipment for the first three ships.
Under the extended demonstration phase, BAE Systems expects to award manufacturing contracts to a total of approximately 50 companies. The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be a anti-submarine warfare ship and will in time replace the Type 23 frigates.