Ron5 wrote:Your "interpretation" is incorrect.
You may be right, it could be that for an apples to apples comparison the design costs are included in the Japanese 6,000t 30FFM cost at ~£400M and if so cost the T26 on same basis looking at £1,400M per ship, RN paying ~ £1B premium for first 3 ships, as said whichever way you look at the costs the T26 is just too costly and need to terminate programme at the 3 ships, a very sad indictment of the incompetence of MOD/RN which let the T26 grow like topsy.
Think Defence quote
"The weight and size of Type 26 has changed, and possibly will continue to change until the detailed design is frozen and steel cut. This original baseline was reportedly 141m long, displacing 6,850 tonnes and costing an estimated £500m each. As part of the ongoing cost/capability trade-offs, it was repeatedly reported that this cost was undesirable to the MoD and capabilities (and size) pared down to achieve a target cost of £250 million to £350 million each."
BAE in their T26 PR quoted 5,400t for a long time, now Australia Hunter quoted at 8,800t