The £8bn Anglo-French-Italian Horizon frigate project remains in jeopardy. Problems with the scheme’s management seem unlikely to be resolved before the MoD’s Sunday deadline. European firms were last year challenged by defence secretary George Robertson to develop a more ‘robust’ management structure. The MoD this week said they had still not done this, stalling contracts for both the ship and its main weapon, the Eurosam principal anti-air missile system. The ministry confirmed that alternative options, such as a UK-designed frigate or even an off-the-shelf solution, may still be considered.