Steller Systems, an independent consultancy specialising in naval architecture, has just announced Project Spartan” a design proposal to be considered for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigate / GPFF project. To date, BAE Systems has submitted 2 outline proposals and BMT Group have submitted their Venator-110. Here we take a brief look at the competing options for the Type 31 design.
Enter the Spartan
Stellar Systems believe the Spartan is particularly well-suited for the export market. Sir John Parker (author of the report to inform the National Shipbuilding Strategy) was very clear in his belief that the Type 31 design should have export potential as the major design driver. Like the Venator, the Spartan uses a modular approach so the ship can be reconfigured for a variety of roles and customer needs. It also maximises use of existing UK industrial capability and UK equipment. The most notable difference between the Spartan and the other designs is a bay which allows boats to be deployed from a ramp at the stern, in addition to a large hangar for helicopters and UAVs. More details are available in the PDF below. Being early concepts, no guide to approximate price for any of these designs is available.
BAE Systems – Cutlass and Avenger
- Type 31 – Unwanted Child of Austerity or bright hope for a larger fleet? (Save the Royal Navy)
- National Shipbuilding Strategy Report – a roadmap for a stronger Royal Navy (Save the Royal Navy)
- Spartan – An Innovative Light Frigate Design for Type 31e (Stellar Systems)
- BMT VENATOR-110 Frigate (BMT Group)
- BAE unveils potential designs for the Type 31 Frigate (UK Defence Journal)