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12 September 2017

BMT VENATOR®-110: contender design for Type 31e

BMT’s VENATOR®-110, widely considered as a strong contender for the Type 31e frigates, will take centre stage at DSEI in London this week, following the much-anticipated launch of the UK’s National Shipbuilding Strategy last week. 

Muir Macdonald, Managing Director at BMT Defence Services comments:

BMT VENATOR 110 - contender design for Type 31e“The government’s advisor, Sir John Parker, identified the challenge of coming up with a world-leading design that can satisfy the needs of the Royal Navy and the export market.  This is just the challenge BMT likes and we have been anticipating the T31e for some time.  Our experience of winning many design competitions gives us a depth of knowledge, from the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and TIDE Class tankers for the UK, to the Logistics Support Vessel for the Royal Norwegian Navy.  We believe we can achieve a world-leading, credible design that delivers an optimum balance of warfighting capability and survivability with cost.”

A flexible and tailorable modern warship, able to provide a breadth of credible capability from maritime security to warfighting, worldwide, at an affordable procurement cost, the VENATOR-110 Frigate design is also gaining traction through several overseas opportunities such as the US FFG(X) and Colombian PES programmes. 

VENATOR-110 is a standard platform with a flexible/modular approach enabling different customers to have a ‘menu of choice’.  It is also a design configured for ‘block-build’ enabling different parts to be built in different shipyards. 

Muir continues:

“We have considered a spectrum of military specifications, needs and budgets, core design principles, through-life spiral development and, importantly, construction strategies, to make VENATOR-110 one of the most credible Type 31e platforms in the market.

Promoting an enterprise approach to ship design and shipbuilding is something we welcome, and is already fundamental to our approach here at BMT.  We have been actively investing in building strong relationships across the entire industry; from shipbuilders to lead integrators, systems suppliers and other designers, we’ve been adapting to deliver the best possible solutions for our customers.”


BMT Defence Services Ltd
BMT Defence Services Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, is the leading independent centre of engineering design, design support and technical services for defence customers.  From concept design to acquisition support, in-service design and technology management, BMT Defence Services is known for its innovation, expertise and ability to tackle the most complex design and systems issues.  BMT Defence Services’ strong track record in naval platform design for surface warships, submarines and auxiliaries together with extensive acquisition support experience within land domain projects is thanks to its people, including systems engineers, naval architects, marine engineers and software developers. w:

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