BAE Systems has confirmed that the first steel will be cut on the Royal Navy’s Type 26 GCS (Global Combat Ship) combat frigate in Glasgow in summer 2017, subject to final contract negotiations with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The type will gradually replace Duke-class Type 23 frigates.
Manufacturing contracts are already in place for the procurement of major equipment for the first three ships, supporting progress to the full manufacturing programme in Glasgow. To date there are 27 companies in the supply chain working with BAE Systems to deliver the Type 26 GCS ships, with manufacturing of the ships’ air weapons handling systems, gas turbines, and electric propulsion motor and drive systems underway across the United Kingdom. BAE Systems is also under contract to manufacture the Maritime Indirect Fire System for the first three ships and the Ministry of Defence has announced a contract with MBDA to deliver the Sea Ceptor self-defence missile system for the fleet.