BAE Systems' Type 26 - GCS is a multi-role warship designed for joint
or multinational contingent operations across the full spectrum of warfare.
The Global Combat Ship will be a highly capable and versatile multi-mission
warship designed to support anti-submarine warfare, air defence and
general purpose operations anywhere on the world’s oceans.
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 the Type 26 Frigates 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.
variants may be taylored to customer needs.
All variants of will share a common acoustically quiet hull and will
take full advantage of modular design and open systems architecture
to facilitate through-life support and upgrades as new technology develops.
This will ensure the Global Combat Ship remains relevant to future maritime
demands and delivers an adaptable design with the ability to accommodate
sub-systems to meet individual country needs.
on flexibility and modularity. Clean angular lines to increase stealth.
Behind the helicopter hangar is a mission bay large enough for several
RHIBs, unmanned surface vehicles and special mission containers. Large
flight deck can land a Chinook.
of roles is enabled by the Integrated Mission Bay and Hangar, capable
of supporting multiple helicopters, UUVs, boats, mission loads and disaster
relief stores. A launcher can be provided for fixed wing UAV operation
and the Flight Deck is capable of landing a Chinook helicopter for transport
of embarked forces.
48x MBDA CAMM (Common Anti Air Modular Missile - Sea Ceptor)
Pictures of YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile, fitted on a Chinese
Navy (PLAN) Xian H-6G bomber have recently emerged on the Chinese internet
meaning this new generation missile may have entered operational service.