OevetS wrote:So from that i understand that they will design a new frigate!!, if this just about saving money, then why not just take a design of the shelve and modify it, else it is just going to cost more than building the 5 type 26's where losing.
shark bait wrote:Agree that a new design just for 5 ships seems counter productive.
The Armchair Soldier wrote:David Cameron just said the new lighter frigate will allow us to have more than 19 frigates and destroyers.
Wrekin762 wrote:shark bait wrote:Agree that a new design just for 5 ships seems counter productive.
If it truly is going to be something smaller and not just a reconfigured GCS, I'd say it's an investment in designing a frigate that's more marketable to smaller foreign navies than a large frigate like Type 26 is.
hovematlot wrote:How light is light? Could range from being a stripped down T26, the general purpose variant that has always been mooted, or down to the Black Swan concept. Still if it means ordering them in greater numbers than 5 can't be all bad. Do we really need a ship as large as a WWII cruiser going general piracy ops or WIGS?
The Armchair Soldier wrote:The PM did mention that they would be of interest to Australia and (IIRC) New Zealand, too.R686 wrote:This will get NZ attention no doubt since they have started to move back to UK systems
Dahedd wrote:So possibly a T26 light. built without the strike length cells fitted? Less advanced Mast & reduced ASW gear but an increase in gear for Constabulary roles? More rhibs, uavs? Better for chasing pirates & druggies? But still space for Merlins and fitted with Sea Ceptor?
That or one of the BMT Venator class concepts (110) or the Black Swan "corvette"
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