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Devrim Yaylalı

The Type 26 must be customizable to the needs and requests of a potential buyer if it should have a change on export market. Currently she is being designed to the needs and requirements of the RN which has its own long standing traditions and customs and standards which may not always have a counterpart in other navies. This makes it difficult for BAE to export Type 26 as is.
UK approached Turkey a couple years ago and offered a limited cooperation on design and production; but this was later turned down as Turkey’s influence to the design would be limited and it would be very expensive for Turkey.

JP

Lets hope there are still some steel works in britain to supply the material for these ships.

Mike

Very hopefull that the Type 26 wins the Aussie frigate competition.

terry parfitt

THE GOVERMENT MUST NOW CRACK ON AND ORDER THE TYPE 26 BABCOCK APPLEDORE IS SHOUTING OUT FOR MORE WORK .

Dennis F.

Well, what shall I say? The RN shrinks quickly, as do the British armed forces generally. But it´s national political rhetoric to vehemently deny any closer cooperation with the next partners available: the Europeans. But well, as long as national pride “defends” the British territory: What could go wrong? The governments of France and Italy cooperate through the FREMM and Horizon class frigates. Germany and the Netherlands developed the De Zeven Provincien and Sachsen class.
For the British desires, a variant of the FREMM ASW frigates most likely had been the most adequate solution (quiet hull & lower costs).
Apart from that, in the decades to come, the UK won´t be able to launch missions just on behalf of their own. The USA are a likely partner, but not a politically stable one (as the strategical shift away from Europe verifies). The EU – although currently suffering from bad reputation – is that, what the member states make of it. The UK could contribute to a more stabile, able Union, but it instead chooses to exploit it as much as possible while it spends as little as possible.
Now (and in the future), the British government bears the responsability for the outcomes of these policies…

Brett Mitchell

You forget our kith and kin across the seas. The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy have ordered twenty-four Type 26. New Zealand are likely to order two more.