|Mist wrote: *||September 8th, 2017, 7:29 pm|
Depends entirely on how much capability they can crowbar into 250 million, and if the other shipyards are as big a ripoff merchant as BAES is.
Plus their plan to buy a bunch of ships with the intention of selling them onto other navies and then order a second batch for the RN seems a little sketchy.
Overall it could either end up as one of the worst budget driven designs in recent memory or a set of capable second line frigates that can be adapted to a variety of roles. With this being the MoD, my money is on the former.
Well to be fair, Babcock's P60's for the INS were kept very tight at 60 million, I'd be interested in seeing the Arrowhead as it develops.
As for the plan for selling them off, wasn't that the original plan for the 23's, with them planned to be sold at around 18 years and replaced, until politics got involved and they are being stretched out.
Think BAe is out of it, with it being between BMT and Babcock, given the MOD seems to be heading to another major "blackhole" in the budget (as reported in the Times), and the price tag of the 26's I don't think they have a choice about trying something different, and if they follow the pattern of the 26's in pulling the hardware out of the 23's, shouldn't that mean you get the Artisan and Sea Ceptor systems without much cost?