BAE Systems has placed a further five contracts, valued at over £110 million (€110 million) with suppliers, as progress on the Type 26 Frigate programme continues in Scotland.
The new contracts will support 250 jobs: the programme overall sustains over 4,000 jobs across the UK, helping to support the nation’s economic recovery by maintaining much-needed skills and capabilities. More than £1 billion has been invested across the supply chain to date, with more than 100 suppliers globally. The contract awards come as construction on the final unit of the first Type 26 frigate, HMS GLASGOW, begins. All 57 units of the ASW ship are now under construction.
The suppliers receiving the new contracts will contribute essential work to the programme as HMS GLASGOW moves to the outfit phase in readiness for launching. They include:
- Denholm Industrial Services (Glasgow) - surface preparation and painting;
- Malin Group (Glasgow) - Vessel load out and float off;
- CBL (Hartlepool) - cable and associated works;
- Kaefer (Nottingham) - insulation products and installation services;
- SCA (Dorset) - access and containment.
“The Type 26 programme has proven itself in terms of cutting-edge design, international defence exports and creating and sustaining British jobs. This latest round of contract awards will see companies from the south coast of England to the banks of the Clyde benefit from over 250 highly-skilled jobs and multi-million pound investment,” stated British Defence Minister, Ben Wallace.
“Each of our new suppliers brings a unique capability that is essential to ensure the safe and continued progress of this nationally important programme. It’s fantastic to see the first of class, HMS GLASGOW, taking shape at our facilities here on the Clyde,” added BAE Systems Naval Ships Managing Director, Steve Timms.
Designed and built by BAE Systems in Glasgow, the Type 26 frigate is an advanced ASW unit that will deliver critical protection for the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent and Carrier Strike Group. It builds on the pedigree of the RN’s current Type 23 ASW frigates – each will feature a range of powerful capabilities including the SEA CEPTOR missile defence system, a 5in medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, ARTISAN 997 medium range radar and powerful bow and towed array sonars.
The Type 26 is the original variant of BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship, which supports a close partnership between the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. Australia and Canada both selected a variant of the Type 26 design for their ASW frigate programmes, supporting greater operational, training and intelligence ties between the three nations.