The Queen Elizabeth (QE) class in-service support solution is still being developed. Traditional refits will not be undertaken; instead, each ship will undergo an upkeep period approximately every six years.
The Queen Elizabeth (QE) class in-service support solution is still being developed, which will include the upkeep cycle. At this stage, it is anticipated that an upkeep period for a QE class carrier will take less time than refits for the current CVS class, which is approximately 18 months.
Subject to cost certificate agreement by the MoD's Cost Analysis & Assurance Service (CAAS), around £852 million (CDEL, outturn) has been spent on the QE class to the end of September 2009. The contract for the manufacture of both carriers was signed in July 2008, and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance has already placed £l.1 billion of supply contracts. We are committed to realising the benefits the carriers will bring and achieving value for money from the programme.