donald_of_tokyo wrote:Both Arrowhead and MEKO are in risk of resigning from the bid? Anyway, it looks very difficult to bid with fixed price, both HW and AP, they need to add up the survival cost until the actual build starts.
Yes Cammell Laird, if lost the Leander bid, can help, but as it will be free bid process, I cannot blame them if they try to bid as high as possible, eating all the profits of Babcock. CL itself is struggling to survive.
By the way, only 130 labors there? Appledore had 190 when abandoned by Babcock. (while 140 of them were already relocated to Devonport, and only ~40 was remaining there).
If the competition were to be decided purely on industrial grounds, Bae/CL would romp away with the prize.
But this is the UK, so it will be decided by a combination of politics, old boy networks, and industrial & military ignorant politician/civil servants.