First FSC contract awarded

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    Contract Win to Progress Next Generation Warships for Royal Navy23 Nov 2009 | Ref. 227/2009

    New Generation Warship
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom: A new generation of Royal Navy ships, designed to meet the UK’s future defence, security and peacekeeping needs, is the focus of a £3.4 million contract awarded to BAE Systems by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    Representing a step change for the UK maritime industry, the contract significantly reduces risk in the Future Surface Combatant (FSC) programme by enabling the joint project team to develop a better view of costs, schedules and design at an earlier stage than has been possible with any previous programme. Designed from the outset with potential export sales in mind, the new vessels will replace existing Type 22 and Type 23 class frigates when they reach the end of their service lives.

    Under a 15 year Terms of Business Agreement signed with the MoD earlier this year, BAE Systems will be lead contractor and systems integrator for the FSC programme. The Company will work in partnership with the MoD and key industry partners to develop the business case, concept design and a cost model for the whole life of the programme.

    Alan Johnston, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Surface Ships business, said: “The Future Surface Combatant programme is hugely important not only for the Royal Navy but for the whole of the UK maritime industry.

    “Working in close partnership with the MoD and industry from the outset has enabled open and frank discussions about through-life requirements, capability and cost. This will help to ensure cost-effective upgrades, the capability to meet evolving maritime security requirements, and avoid costly late design decisions to deliver value for money for the MoD and the UK tax payer.â€

    The first of the fleet is due to enter service around the end of the next decade, with around half of frontline Royal Navy personnel expected to operate on an FSC by the 2030s. They will deliver the enduring surface combatant capability after the existing Type 22 and Type 23 frigates have left service, as an integral part of the balanced fleet required to support the UK’s future defence commitments.
    FSC will be the first warship developed in the UK for the Royal Navy, with its potential export factored into the design from the beginning. This will not only deliver better value for the MoD and UK tax payers, but also provides a platform to showcase the capability within the UK maritime industry supply chain and will help to secure the UK’s long-term future at the forefront of the global maritime industry.
  2. Have we still got one?
  3. I expect a lot of this will change with a new government and SDR.

    Having said that I think BVT are getting very good at putting quite stiff penalty clauses in that make cancellation an equally expensive option.

    Perhaps they will follow a PFI type arrangement like the OPV's.
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    Clues to the UK’s frigate of the future
    Richard Scott

    Visitors to DSEi have been given a first glimpse of some of the innovative design features that could shape the Royal Navy’s next generation of frigates.

    A model unveiled at the show by BVT Surface Fleet has provided an initial indication of the key characteristics of the C1 variant of the Future Surface Combatant (FSC), intended to begin replacing the RN’s current Type 22 Batch 3 and Type 23 frigates from around 2020. And while officials caution that the model represents only an “early visualisation†of the C1 design concept, it nevertheless highlights some of the key attributes of flexibility, modularity and open architecture desired by the FSC programme.

    Initial concept design work for the C1 variant of FSC has been completed by the Naval Design Partnership (NDP), a ‘rainbow’ team of naval architects and engineering specialists bringing together Ministry of Defence personnel and industry resource drawn from BVT Surface Fleet, Babcock Marine, BAE Systems, QinetiQ and Thales. The result is a baseline monohull platform, displacing in the region of 6,000 tonnes, equipped for anti-submarine warfare, naval fires, special forces support and possibly precision land attack.

    One novel characteristic of the model displayed at DSEi is the stern ramp and aft payload bay area. This concept of a mission bay is intended to afford the ship the flexibility to embark different payloads, such as a towed array sonar, torpedo countermeasures, special forces boats or unmanned vehicles.

    Above, the design boasts a large flight deck offering the scope to embark a number of different helicopter types up to Chinook size.

    The adjacent hangar area provides dedicated space for a maritime unmanned aerial vehicle.
    BVT, designated as whole ship lead contractor and systems integrator, will take over the design lead from the NDP in the programme’s assessment phase, due to start in early 2010. This will see continued refinement of the C1 design against a series of cost/capability trade
  5. Please, God, no.

    BAES is concentrating on "support" and the build element is becoming a means to a greater end. They can afford to not screw the Navy on the build as there is a far greater scope for doing it on support.

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