Frigates: Cruise Missiles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to fit vertical launch cruise missiles on (a) Type 26 and (b) Type 31 frigates; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a module for vertical launch missiles is planned for inclusion as part of the specification for the Type 31 frigate.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The design of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship enables a broad and flexible choice of weapons throughout the service life of the ships. Final decisions regarding the exact weapons these ships will carry will be made closer to their in-service date.

Regarding the weapons specification and fit of the Type 31e Frigates, we have now entered the Competitive Design Phase and final decisions will be made at the Main Decision Investment point, taking into account the role of the vessel, operating environment and future threats.

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