MOD Awards RFA Tankers to Daewoo South Korean
Mon, 27 February 2012
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff, announced that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is the Government's preferred bidder to build the new Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers.
SSA Director, Ash Sinha commented “SSA persists in its recommendations that the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers awarded to Daewoo South Korean can still be built in the UK within the time frame and the contract should have been awarded to a UK Shipyard to preserve local jobs.”
The MOD have stated that they believe building the vessels in Korea offers the best value for taxpayers' money, with £452m to be spent on the four new vessels to support the Royal Navy on operations around the world. The MOD also stated that UK companies will benefit from £150m of associated contracts comprising: