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Also Known As: FSC, Future Surface Combatant and Global Combat Ship
Origin: United Kingdom
Babcock, BAE Systems*, David Brown Gear Systems (propulsion system), General Electric, Imtech, MBDA (Sea Ceptor air defense system), Naval Group, Raytheon, Rohde & Schwarz (communications), Rolls-Royce (MT30 gas turbine), Tognum America (diesel engines) and Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Type 26
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Total Production: 8
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Description: The Future Surface Combatant (FSC) is a United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (MoD) initiative aimed to procure a versatile and affordable replacement for existing Royal Navy's Type 22 and Type 23 frigates into the next decade. The FSC ship is still in the conceptual design stage with two hull designs being considered: monohull and trimaran hull. The Type 26 Global Combat Ship will incorporate a new propulsion system combining four MTU diesel electric propulsion motors to power the entire ship and a Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine.
According to Royal Navy sources, the monohull FSC design would be a shortened derivative of Type 45 destroyers while trimaran FSC would be an entirely new and revolutionary design taking additional benefits due to a greater stability in rougher sea states. In March 2010, the FSC program was officially named Type 26 by the Royal Navy. According to currently deployed Type 22 and Type 23 vessels, the Type 26 vessels to be procured by the United Kingdom could be as high as 13 following Type 22 frigates withdrawal from service in early 2011. In 2015 the UK MoD committed to buy eight Type 26 ships.
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