Yarrow Shipbuilders has won a long delayed contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds for three offshore patrol vessels for Brunei.
The deal, signed in Brunei last week, could lead to Yarrow hiring 300 more staff to add to the current 2,000. The contract is thought to be worth £200m-£600m.
The contract covers a ship package including propulsion, weapon systems, spares and training.
Detail design starts now and construction begins in early 1999. Delivery may follow in 2001-02.
A deal for the ships’ weapon systems was announced by the Ministry of Defence a year ago and may include Matra BAe Dynamics’ vertical launch Sea Wolf surface to air missiles, plus GEC-Marconi’s Nautis command system, Siemens Plessey’s AWS-9 radar, Radamec’s System 2500 electro-optic tracker, Paxman diesels and UK-made light guns.
In electronic warfare GEC-Marconi’s Mentor 2002 is said to face competition from Racal’s Cutlass 242 electronic support measures system.