Picked out of the Public Accounts Committee 18th Report on Carrier Strike are a few clarifications on the CROWSNEST project to replace the ageing Sea King ASaC Mk 7’s
AM Hillier “I believe the main gate for Crowsnest is in 2014, but I would have to check…”.
Jon Thompson “It is spring 2014”.
The Assessment Phase 3 is in 2014 with the planned main gate for Crowsnest in 2017.
Bernard Gray “There are two variants of radar under consideration”.
There are two potential Mission System providers (Lockheed Martin and Thales), but within this there are four variants of radar under consideration (Eltra Systems Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Selex; Thales).
Mr Bacon “How much is Crowsnest expected to cost?”.
Henry Parker states “There is a range from about 120 to 400, depending on which solution and how long it takes”.
Correction (Crowsnest Review Note Cat A 15 Mar 13-IAC 3350)
There is a range in demonstration and manufacture costs from c£230 million to c£500 million, depending on a number of factors, including who is chosen to provide the Mission System and which radar units are used.
Add Footnote: Specific figures attributable to each potential supplier remain commercially sensitive due to ongoing negotiations.