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Babcock International selected as preferred bidder for UK naval frigate programme

Babcock Team 31, led by Babcock International Group PLC (LON:BAB), the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence as preferred bidder to deliver its newest fleet of warships. The Type 31 general-purpose frigate programme will provide the UK with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

Following a comprehensive competitive process, the UK Government has chosen Babcock’s Arrowhead 140, a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global frigate.

Work on the fleet of five ships will begin immediately following formal contract award later this financial year, with detailed design work to start now and manufacture commencing in 2021 and concluding in 2027.

Archie Bethel, CEO Babcock International said:

“Driven by innovation and backed by experience and heritage, Arrowhead 140 is a modern warship that will meet the maritime threats of today and tomorrow, with British ingenuity and engineering at its core. It provides a flexible, adaptable platform that delivers value for money and supports the UK’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

“Arrowhead 140 will offer the Royal Navy a new class of ship with a proven ability to deliver a range of peacekeeping, humanitarian and warfighting capabilities whilst offering communities and supply chains throughout the UK a wide range of economic and employment opportunities.”

The ships will be assembled at Babcock’s Rosyth facility, and involve supply chains throughout the UK, in line with the UK’s shipbuilding strategy. Babcock Team 31 will now enter into a period of detailed discussions with the MOD and supply chain, prior to formal contract award expected later this year.