Well, nice to see BAe have a £120+ Million assessment program in place. Trouble is, as I see it, we'll contribute the lions share of all costs, subsidise the other countries with cost guarentees, over run on timescales and budget then decide we can't afford it and the ten completed hulls will be sent to China for scrapping along with a £400 Million subsidy for flood relief work in the North Tibet delta.
Now I wonder what is hidden under that agenda.
So the frigate won't be optimised for Naval warfare but that of supporting Land Ops? We see ourselves fighting mainly the sort of tribal skirmish we've currently been saddled with? At least they can't be accused of "cold war legacy" planning, I suppose. Good to see we continue planning for the "last war".