UK selects Babcock as preferred bidder for Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates

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A team led by UK engineering firm Babcock has been selected as UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to build the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 frigates, in line with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson’s goal of bringing shipbuilding back to UK.

“Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship,” Babcock said in a release.

Babcock CEO Archie Bethel said that the competition has been tough. “We are absolutely delighted that Arrowhead 140 has been recognised as offering the best design, build and delivery solution for the UK’s Royal Navy Type 31 frigates,” Bethel 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,” he added.

Babcock and UK MOD will now enter a period of detailed discussions along with the supply chain prior to formal contract award expected later this year.