Type-26 (City) Class Frigates

The foundations of the Type-26 (City) class frigate project are based on the “Future Surface Combatant” (FSC) project initiated in 1998. The main objective of the project is to replace the outdated Type-22 and Type-23 frigates, which are quite old and lag behind the times, with modern warships capable of conducting air defense and anti-submarine warfare.

Type-26 (City) Class Frigate

A total of 8 ships will be built in two groups for the Royal Navy to protect the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and task groups against submarine threats. The main producer of the ship, BAE Systems, sold 9 frigates to Australia under the name “Hunter-class” in 2018 and 15 ships to Canada under the name “Canadian Surface Combatant” in 2019.

Type-26 (City) Class Frigates

Contracts worth $22 billion USD were signed with Australia and $60 billion USD with Canada. The contract values have increased in subsequent years. While the Type-26 frigates for the three navies will share a similar hull and structure, they will be equipped with different weapons, sensors, and technical equipment.

Type-26 (City) Class Frigate

The construction of the first Type-26 frigate for the Royal Navy, HMS Glasgow, began in July 2017, and the ship is expected to be in service by the end of 2026. By 2021, the production of the first three ships of the class had been initiated. Contracts worth £3.7 billion ($4.81 billion USD) were signed between BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence in July 2007 for the first three ships, and contracts worth £4.2 billion were signed for the remaining 5 ships.

Type-26 (City) Class Frigate

The production of the first frigate from the second group of 5 ships began in April 2023. The aim is to have all Type-26 frigates in service with the Royal Navy by 2033. The Type-26 class, along with the Type-31 class, will form the frigate fleet of the Royal Navy after 2030. The primary difference between the Type-26 and Type-31 is that the Type-26 focuses more on anti-submarine warfare. The Type-26 will replace the 8 Type-23 ASW frigates, while the Type-31 will replace the 5 Type-23 general-purpose frigates.

Type-26 (City) Class Specifications:
BuildersBAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships
Active0
Planned32
Building4
Length 149.9 m
Beam20.8 m
Range7800 nautical miles
Crew161 (capacity up to 208)
Technical SystemsBAE Type 997 Artisan 3D radar, Kelvin Hughes SharpEye navigation radar, Terma SCANTER 6000 2D X-Band navigation radar, Thales Sonar 2087
towed array sonar system (TASS), Ultra Electronics Type 2150 bow sonar,
3 Sea Eagle FCEO decoys
Main PropulsionCODLOG, combination of diesel-electric and gas turbine, 2 RR MT30 gas turbine engines, 4 MTU 20V4000 M53B high-speed diesel engines
Helicopter 2 helicopter hangars capable of accommodating CH-47 helicopters,
1 helipad for helicopters up to 10 tons
Additional Vehicles2x RIHB
(F-88) HMS Glasgow

Weapons Systems in the Type-26 (City) Class:
Main Gun1 x 127 mm Mk-45 Mod.4 main gun
Other Guns2 x 30 mm DS30M gun system
2 x M-134 Minigun
Air Defence Systems2 x 24-cell Sea Captor air defense missile system
CIWS2 x 20 mm Mk-15 Phalanx CIWS
Missiles24-cell Mk-41 vertical launch system for Tomahawk, VL-ASROC, CAMM+ER, AGM-158 LSRAM missiles
Type-26 (City) Class Frigates
Type-26 (City) Class Ships:
Royal Navy:
1(F-88) HMS Glasgow
2(F-89) HMS Cardiff
3(F-90) HMS Belfast
4(F-9?) HMS Birmingham
5(F-9?) HMS Sheffield
6(F-9?) HMS Newcastle
7(F-9?) HMS Edinburgh
8(F-9?) HMS London
Royal Australian Navy:
1(FFG-?) HMAS Hunter
2(FFG-?) HMAS Flinders
3(FFG-?) HMAS Tasman
Royal Canadian Navy:
1HMCS ?
2HMCS ?
3HMCS ?

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