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In 2001, RAND helped the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MOD) evaluate different acquisition strategies that it might use to acquire the new-generation Type 45 destroyer. RAND's analyses helped in determining whether the MOD should have the Type 45 built by one company or two, whether it should compete the 12 ships in the class or directly allocate work to specific shipbuilders, and whether companies producing the Type 45 should construct the destroyer in its entirety in one shipyard or from blocks produced in several shipyards.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Shipbuilding Industrial Base and the MOD Shipbuilding Programme

  • Chapter Three

    Identifying and Analysing MOD's Acquisition Choices

  • Chapter Four

    Analysis of Procurement Alternatives

  • Chapter Five

    The Approved Type 45 Programme

  • Chapter Six

    Issues Requiring Further Study

  • Appendix A

    Sensitivity Analysis

  • Appendix B

    Long-Term Implications of a Lack of Competition

  • Appendix C

    Building Ships in Blocks at Multiple Sites: Implications for the Type 45 Programme

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