The contractors were Rolls-Royce, MTU, David Brown Gear Systems and Rohde & Schwarz, which was announced on September 11 during the DSEi defense exhibition in London. Rolls-Royce will supply gas turbines MT30, MTU will be responsible for diesel engines, David Brown Gear Systems for the transmission, Rohde & Schwarz will provide an integrated shipborne communications system. It is noted that MT30 is also installed on aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class with a displacement of 65000 t. In total, from 30 to 40 companies will participate in the construction and equipment of the lead frigate, their selection will be completed before the end of the year. 70 contests will be held, suppliers will be finally determined in 2014 year.
A preliminary assessment of the design of the frigate Type 26 was carried out in 2010 year, currently BAE Systems is reworking the design of the frigate, taking into account the comments made. It is planned to build 13 ships to replace frigates Type 23 (starting with 2020 of the year). In this decade, the 26 Type will be the largest project in the UK for a surface war ship along with the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
As expected, the construction of new frigates will be conducted until the 2030-ies. Frigates with a displacement of 6000 t will be mainly used to conduct anti-submarine defense.
The most significant change in design will be increased space in the rear part of the helipad. This volume is planned to be used for the placement of various equipment of container type, including for protection against enemy speedboats. Increasing the aft area will allow, if necessary, expand the helicopter hangar and use unmanned aerial vehicles.