Defence: Procurement

Defence written question – answered on 15th November 2011.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original budget, (b) projected final cost, (c) expected timescales for delivery, (d) primary contractor and (e) identity of additional consortium members are in relation to the Seawolf MLU project.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The original cash budget set in 1999 for the development and manufacture phases of the Seawolf mid life update (SWMLU) was £270 million (after adjustment for forecast inflation). The final projected cash cost is currently estimated at £280 million. The increase is largely due to decisions taken by the previous Government which affected ship availability at the planned update installation dates.

SWMLU entered service in 2009 following installation on the first Type 23 (T23) frigate and there are currently three SWMLU fitted T23 ships in service. The remainder of the T23 fleet will be updated before the end of the decade.

The prime contractor is BAE Mission Systems, which is not part of a consortium.

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