BAE Systems is set to unveil the proposed design for the British Royal Navy’s future class of Type 31e frigates at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference.
The company has entered a teaming agreement with commercial shipbuilder Cammell Laird to bid for the contract to provide the navy with a new Type 31e, adaptable, general-purpose frigate.
According to BAE Systems, the multi-mission frigate will feature a flexible design, which is expected to allow it to perform all warfare roles.
BAE Systems Type 31e programme director Angus Holt said: “We are proud to be displaying our Type 31e design at DIMDEX, the first opportunity for international audiences to see this highly capable ship.
“Our Type 31e design builds on the proven design and quality of our ships, including Type 45, offshore patrol vessels and the Khareef vessels delivered to the Royal Navy of Oman.
“It also draws upon the invaluable experience of our Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme, giving us the confidence that we are able to offer a highly advanced ship that can be deployed for a variety of purposes around the world.”
The ship will be equipped with a flexible mission bay that can be reconfigured at short notice to carry out constabulary, disaster relief, maritime interdiction, counter-piracy and joint taskforce operations.
It is set to feature various modern and advanced weapons systems and will be capable of operating in international waters, including the Gulf, at a proposed top speed of more than 25k and at a range of more than 7,500 miles.
In addition, BAE’s proposed Type 31e vessel design also features an upgraded combat system that will add upgraded capabilities to the ship through its open, secure, flexible and extensive architecture.
BAE noted that the frigate’s combat system can be further modified as new technology develops, thereby enabling it to adapt to future emerging threats.