xav wrote:Small scoop here (eventhough I guess it was expected)
UK MoD Issues Notice for Interim SSGW Anti-Ship MissilesThe United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD) issued a prior information notice (PIN) for a Next Generation Surface Ship Guided Weapon (SSGW) contract for the Royal Navy.
The UK MoD Weapons, Torpedoes, Tomahawk and Harpoon (TTH) Project Team issued the PIN March 8, 2019. Note that a PIN isn’t a tender but is a notice used to set out a contracting authority’s purchasing intentions. A PIN is mostly used by contracting authorities to provide suppliers with information that they are planning a procurement process and provides suppliers with as much information as possible at an early stage.
https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/20 ... -missiles/
Someone on twitter said in reply to the article:
"First t26 delivered by 2023? Try 26/27...."
Really ?! it has already drifted by that much ?
Great, so the RN isn't going to gap FF/DD ASM caoabilities for the best part of a decade after all! The in service date 2022/2023 obviously aligns with the extended out of service date for the Harpoon system, but also coincidently, the in service date of the T31. Could the T31 end up with ASMs after all, outside of its £250 million per ship budget? Maybe I'm getting overly excited, the PIN indicates an estimated contract of £100-200 million (excluding VAT). Is that enough to equip 6 T45s, 8 T23/26s and (up to) 5 T31s?