14 Juli 2016
The Avenger design builds on the Amazonas-class/River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessel, and plots onto the lower end of the solution space. Cutlass is a stretched and enhanced derivative of the RNO Al Shamikh-class corvette design. (image : BAE Systems)
BAE Systems Naval Ships has lifted the lid on its initial thinking regarding the UK's projected General Purpose Frigate (GPFF) programme, revealing two export-derived concept designs positioned to address different points on the cost/capability curve.
Plans to acquire a new class of more affordable and potentially exportable light frigate were announced in November last year as part of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15). While the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship - eight of which are now planned - will primarily support carrier task group operations and provide protection for the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent, the GPFF is to be rolled for a range of less high-tempo tasks.