BAE Systems' Type 26 - GCS is a multi-role warship designed for joint
or multinational contingent operations across the full spectrum of warfare.
Delivered in anti-submarine, air defence and general purpose variants,
it will be capable of operating independently or as part of a task group.
The Type 26 is the future Anti-Submarine Warfare Frigate that will replace
the Royal Navy's 13 Type 23 frigates and other ships. The programme
has been in development since 1998, initially under the designation
"Future Surface Combatant (FSC)". The FSC concept was brought
forward in the 2008 budget, at the expense of two Type 45 destroyers
In March 2010, a four year programme was launched to develop the UK
Type 26 variant of the Global Combat Ship. The project comprises a joint
BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence team, to evaluate capability, availability,
exportability and support options leading to the development of a detailed
specification for the ship and the design and development of its systems
ready for manufacture.
Due to arrive from 2021 onwards with a go/no go decision due in 2013,
the Type 26 Frigate will be the workhorse of the future Royal Navy.
The ships are intended to replace not just existing Type 23 Frigates
but also minehunters and survey ships. The vessels will be among the
most versatile ever to sail under the White Ensign, serving as submarine-hunters,
general duty warships, survey ships and mother ships for tomorrow’s
mine warfare forces. Right now there’s an 80-strong team of naval
and civilian engineers working on the designs in Bristol. By the mid-2030s
the Type 26 will be the backbone and workhorses of the Royal Navy and
should remain in service until the 2060s.
Anti Submarine Warfare:
The ASW variant incorporates low frequency active and passive sonars
in addition to the standard hull mounted sonar to protect a maritime
force against submarine threats.
The flexible mission bay can then be configured to accomodate either
three 9 metre sea boats or two 11.5 boats, in addition to the davit
laucnhed boat in the boat bay.
The ASW variant will also feature a medium range target indication
and fire control radar, such as the BAE System's Artisan 3D, to
provide detection and identification measures to support its warfighting
Purpose: The mission bay is the center piece of the general purpose
variant, providing a highly versatile space to meet diverse mission
requirements. Capable of accommodating a range of sea boats, unmanned
underwater vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles, it can fulfill maritime
security, counter piracy and counter terrorist roles. It also has
the ability to accommodate embarked forces and their equipment. Alternatively,
it can house container stores to support humanitarian and disaster
relief operations, or can be reconfigured to provide up to 84 additional
berths for navies with larger crew sizes.
Air Defence: The air defence variant incorporates a long range air surveillance
radar as well as a medium and long range anti air missile system to
protect a task force from air threats and enable the Frigate to contribute
to maritime force projection.
The modular design means that GCS can accomodate the radars and systems
to meet each nation's requirements, whilst building on the proven
capability demonstrated in the delivery of the UK's Type 45 destroyer.
on flexibility and modularity. Clean angular lines to increase stealth.
In the stern is a mission bay with a ramp allowing the deployment of RHIBs
and unmanned surface vehicles or the deployment of a towed array sonar.
Large flight deck can land a Chinook.
CAMM (Common Anti Air Modular Missile)
1x 4.5 inch Mark 8 gun (main gun)
2x Phalanx (CIWS)
2x 30mm Oerlikon KCB
Electronics and Decoys
BAE Systems' Artisan 3D
turbines or Diesel engines depending on customer needs.