BAE Systems is showcasing its Global Combat Ship (GCS), the world’s first bow-to-stern digitally-designed anti-submarine warfare frigate, at the ongoing Euronaval Online event.
Company officials expect navies around the world to show interest in the anti-submarine warfare ship because of its various unique capabilities. Its flexible mission bay, aviation facilities and combat systems make it capable of undertaking a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance.
Work on building and delivering eight Type 26 Global Combat Ships to the Royal Navy is already underway. The first and second of the class is currently being built in Glasgow. The first GCS, HMS GLASGOW, is expected to be handed over to the Royal Navy in the mid-2020s . The class is expected to remain in service until at least 2060.
All variants of the GCS will have a common acoustically quiet hull and will take full advantage of modular design and open systems architecture to facilitate upgrades as new technology develops. The company believes that the Global Combat Ship design is flexible enough to accommodate requirements of prospective international partners.
In December 2018, BAE Systems Australia’s subsidiary ASC Shipbuilding was awarded a contract to design and build nine Hunter Class frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. The Hunter Class will be based on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship design.
The Canadian Surface Combatant program of the Royal Canadian Navy, which is based on the Global Combat Ship design, will deliver 15 Global Combat Ship variants to replace the Iroquois and Halifax-class warships. It is optimized for Canada’s missions, including an acoustically quiet hull, Arctic operations, and berthing standards. Lockheed Martin Canada is the prime contractor and will work in association with BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics.
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