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At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Doha, Qatar, BAE Systems is showcascing for the very first time the proposed design for the Type 31e frigate competition in the UK. BAE Systems has brought together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the contract to deliver Type 31e, the UK’s adaptable general purpose frigate.


At DIMDEX 2018, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference currently held in Doha, Qatar, BAE Systems is showcascing for the very first time the proposed design for the Type 31e frigate competition in the UK. BAE Systems has brought together its warship design and engineering capability and combat systems expertise with Cammell Laird, the commercial shipbuilder, in a Teaming Agreement to bid for the contract to deliver Type 31e, the UK’s adaptable general purpose frigate.


DIMDEX 2018 BAE Systems Showcasing Type 31e Frigate Design for the 1st Time 1 BAE Systems is showcasing its Type 31e on an interactive screen at DIMDEX 2018


A key part of the Type 31e programme is configuring the new frigate and its Combat Management System to be attractive to potential international customers.

BAE Systems’ design of this highly capable multi-mission warship demonstrates the flexibility of the ship to meet all warfare roles. Using a flexible mission bay that can be reconfigured at short notice it can perform constabulary, disaster relief, maritime interdiction, counter-piracy and joint taskforce operations.


DIMDEX 2018 BAE Systems Showcasing Type 31e Frigate Design for the 1st Time 2 Type 31e can accommodate one Wildcat helicopter


With a proposed top speed in excess of 25 knots and a range of more than 7,500 miles, BAE Systems’ design is equipped with some of the most modern and effective weapons systems available, and has been designed to operate in international waters, including the Gulf. It is capable of operating both independently for significant periods and as part of a task group, offering enormous value in bringing together allied maritime nations.


DIMDEX 2018 BAE Systems Showcasing Type 31e Frigate Design for the 1st Time 3 Type 31e mission bay (pictured here) is similar in concept to the one BAE Systems designed for the Type 26


The Type 31e design being proposed for the UK Royal Navy will also feature an enhanced BAE Systems combat system. Building on the pedigree of the systems installed across the UK Royal Navy’s fleet this combat system will add enhanced features through its open, secure, flexible and extensive architecture, ensuring it can be upgraded as new technology develops, adapting to ever-evolving threats.

Angus Holt, BAE Systems’ Type 31e Programme Director, said: “We are proud to be displaying our Type 31e design at DIMDEX, the first opportunity for international audiences to see this highly capable ship. Our Type 31e design builds on the proven design and quality of our ships, including Type 45, Offshore Patrol Vessels and the Khareef vessels delivered to the Royal Navy of Oman. It also draws upon the invaluable experience of our Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme, giving us the confidence that we are able to offer a highly advanced ship that can be deployed for a variety of purposes around the world”.


DIMDEX 2018 BAE Systems Showcasing Type 31e Frigate Design for the 1st Time 4 At DIMDEX, Type 31e is shown fitted with a 76mm main gun, 12x VLS for Sea Ceptor, 8x Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Mk 41 VLS, 2x secondary artillery mounts and a Phalanx CIWS. Configuration is highly adaptable and depends on customer requirements.


According to BAE Systems, the Type 31e will be a highly capable multi-mission warship, designed to deliver the full range of warfare from complex combat operations to maritime security and humanitarian assistance. The flexible mission bay means these ships can be adapted to support different missions within a short space of time.

The ship will be equipped with some of the most modern and effective weapons systems available and will take full advantage of open systems architecture so it can easily be upgraded as new technology develops, ensuring it is adaptable to the evolving threats of tomorrow.

It will be capable of operating independently for significant periods or as part of a task group. With the potential to accommodate sub-systems to meet individual country needs, the design offers enormous value in bringing together allied maritime nations.

Type 31e basic specifications:
Displacement: 3,677 tonnes
Speed: 25+ knots
Range: in excess of 7500 nautical miles
Length: 117 meters
Beam: 14.6 meters
Crew: 98 (variable depending on requirements)
Accommodation: 138 berths