The UK MoD has awarded BAE Systems a contract for the delivery of the fifth Astute Class submarine, taking the total value for work on the vessel to 1.3 billion pounds
The full contract covers the design and remaining build, test and commissioning activities on Anson, the fifth of seven technologically-advanced submarines in the class.
Manufacturing commenced in 2010. Anson is now at an advanced stage of construction at our Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria site and on schedule to leave for sea trials in 2020.
Tony Johns, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, said: "HMS Astute and HMS Ambush are already demonstrating their world-class capabilities with the Royal Navy, whilst the third submarine in the class, Artful, is continuing with her sea trials. The build phase for the fourth, Audacious, is also well advanced, so we continue to make positive progress across the programme."
The contract was announced by Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, during a visit to our Company today.
He said: “This 1.3 billion pounds contract marks an important step in the progress of the Astute programme. This is a key part of our 166 billion pounds plan to ensure that our armed forces have the equipment they need to defend the UK’s interests across the seas, in the skies and on land, both at home and abroad.”
Astute class submarines mark a step change in defence capability. Powered by a nuclear-reactor, each of the submarines will provide land strike, strategic intelligence-gathering, anti-submarine and surface ship warfare capabilities.
We are also leading the design phase on the programme to replace the current fleet of Vanguard submarines, which carry the UK's strategic national deterrent.
In readiness for the start of construction on this programme, our site is undergoing significant redevelopment with new facilities to be built alongside the refurbishment of others.