Singha wrote:well they are very large 7000t DDG.....wider in beam than our P15B.
they are frigates only if you consider the horizon class a frigate.
but the cost still looks very excessive.....1-1.5b would be more reasonable loaded cost.
RAND corporation says that Australian governments traditionally pay 30–40% premium for building ships in Australia. ie Some of that cost is for creating/sustaining an Australian shipbuilding industry. https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/getti ... making-it/
Second - That's AUS $35 billion ~= USD 26 billion or USD 2.88 billion per frigate
Third - the last frigate will be delivered sometime in the 2040s.So there is probably a cost inflation built in.
By comparison, The Royal Navy’s eight vessels are expected to cost £8 billion (AUD $13.8 billion), and it is the most modern (and likely capable) of the lot, having not yet been built (FREMM and Navantia are likely cheaper)