BAE Systems gets £4.2bn frigate contract for Glasgow

BAE Systems said the UK Ministry of Defence has awarded it a £4.2 billion contract to manufacture the next five City Class Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy in Glasgow.

“The contract sustains more than 4,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider UK maritime supply chain,” said BAE Systems.

“It also secures shipbuilding at BAE Systems’ facilities in Scotland into the 2030s.

“Up to £1.8bn of the new order will be spent in the supply chain, including £1.2bn with UK suppliers.”

The Type 26 is one of the world’s most advanced warships.

It is designed for anti-submarine warfare and high-intensity air defence, but can adapt its role quickly to transport high volumes of humanitarian aid and house medical facilities.

Three Type 26 ships are already in build in Glasgow, with the first of class, HMS Glasgow, on track to enter the water later this year and be delivered to the Royal Navy in the mid-2020s.

The construction of HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast is also underway.

BAE Systems  added: “The Type 26 programme is a UK-wide endeavour, with more than 120 UK suppliers having already secured contracts linked to the new batch of frigates, including for steering gears in Dunfermline, gas turbines in Filton and maritime LED lighting in Cumbria.

“This year, 180 new apprentices joined the 400 already working at BAE Systems on the Type 26 programme.

“BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business employs 4,500 people across the UK and is recruiting a further 400 trades people as the programme continues to ramp up.

“The company is investing approximately £15m in a new Applied Shipbuilding Academy in Glasgow to support the development of the entire workforce, from apprentices through to senior leaders.

“In addition, BAE Systems has applied for planning consent to start construction on a new shipbuilding hall worth more than £100m to greatly enhance productivity on the Clyde to support the delivery of these eight ships and future orders.

“The Commonwealths of Australia and Canada have selected the Type 26 design, which, together with the UK, provide an anticipated 32 ship programme across the three nations.

“Sharing build and transition into service lessons across all three programmes will benefit all parties in this multinational effort.”