The UK is suspending funding for future Type 32 frigates and multi-purpose support ships for now

BAE Systems Adaptable Strike Frigate is considered the main contender for the Type 32 frigate production contract (BAE Systems)

BELFAST – Britain’s Royal Navy has officially ‘withdrawn’ the funding and development equipment plan its nascent Type 32 frigates and multipurpose support ships (MRSS). they are “not available,” the National Audit Office report found, at least for now.

There was a solution i didJuly 2022, but only made public on the Tuesday after the release of the watchdog”Defense equipment plan for 2022-2032” document. The annual report looks at the Department of Defense’s long-term financial planning by examining procurement, infrastructure and operational spending — in some ways similar to the US Government Accountability Office.

In a report, the Royal Navy warned that the decision to withdraw funding for the Type 32 “will result in a revised cost profile… likely to be significantly higher” than originally planned. This language suggests that funding has been delayed and that the program has not been canceled entirely.

The next-generation Type 32 was first mentioned by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2020 and then described in the UK’s latest defense review as “a new class of surface warships” designed to protect territorial waters and provide resilience when deployed overseas in next decade. .

The program’s concept phase began in September 2022 before the Defense Department plans to develop a business case plan, according to an Oct. 17 announcement. parliamentary statement from Alec Shellbrook, UK Defense Procurement Secretary. A business case plan usually covers approval of costs, production and delivery schedules, but how does that now stand out in light of funding delaysd is unclear.

BAE Systems has already allocated The concept of an adapted strike frigate as it bids for a contract to produce the Type 32. Company literature from the manufacturer notes that the concept incorporates a “modular system of systems” approach that will allow the frigate to be cost-effectively reconfigured for a “wide range of operations.”

Aside from the Type 32 issues, delaying MRSS funding will potentially force future operations to be more limited as these ships will be in line to support littoral strike campaigns from the early 2030s.

Support equipment from the Mine Hunting Capability Block 1 and 2 programs has also not been funded by the MoD, although the NAO offers no explanation for this decision.

Similarly, funding for the future Type 83 destroyer, which is to replace the Type 45 vessels, was also not included in the UK’s equipment plans.

However, the NAO notes that as the older destroyers are due to be replaced between 2035 and 2038, replacement funding is “unlikely” to be needed until 2032.

For ground procurement, funding for 1,016 Boxer vehicles out of a total requirement of 1,305 has been approved, as well as 61 of 75 M270 multiple rocket launchers (MSRWs) and eight of 10 recovery vehicles.

For the time being, additional A400M aircraft will not be procured after the air command assessed such an option as “not available”. Instead, the Royal Air Force will focus on increasing the level of availability of the military transport. The UK is suspending funding for future Type 32 frigates and multi-purpose support ships for now

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