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Plasan starts construction of naval armour protection for BAE Systems Type 26 frigate

The Israeli based vehicle manufacturer Plasan officially announced the start of the Type 26 Frigate's armour production, a key milestone in the armour delivery. The ships will be built by BAE Systems in Glasgow, Scotland and are considered among the world’s most advanced combat ships.
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Plasan starts construction of naval armour protection for UK type 26 frigate 925 001 Hunter-class version of BAE Type 26 frigate. (Picture source: BAE artist rendering)

For the record, in February 2018, Plasan has signed a contract with BAE Systems, for the armouring of Type 26 Global Combat Ships for the UK Royal Navy. The first Type 26 is due to enter service in the mid-2020s.

During the last few years, Plasan has been developing armour systems to address the protection requirements of modern maritime armoured vessels.

Plasan starts construction of naval armour protection for UK type 26 frigate 925 002Type 26 Global Combat Ship. (Picture source: BAE Systems)

These new advanced lightweight armour systems allowed Plasan to win major competitions held by Naval OEMs and Plasan is today teamed to design and produce unique armour systems for new and modern designs of Frigates and Destroyers. Plasan's new advanced armour systems are:

- Having High Protection Performance;
- Lightweight Armor Solutions;
- Mature Armor Systems – TRL7-8;
- Cost-effective solutions;
- Fully compliant to the most demanding maritime environmental requirements and standards;
- Successfully tested and certified for blast shock loads;
- Applying a unique and advanced installation approach – allows to install the armour without scanning and/or templating every compartment;
- Armour solutions are available for all STANAG4569 Vol.1 threat levels (levels 1 through 6) and also for specific threats mixture according to users' requirements.

Plasan starts construction of naval armour protection for UK type 26 frigate 925 003 USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) pier side in Pearl Harbor during a port visit in 2019. (Picture source: US Navy Photo)

In the past, Israel’s armour specialist Plasan has also developed, designed and delivered 3 unique armour shipsets for the new US Navy DDG1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.

These armour elements are often constructed during the shipbuilding process.