BAE Systems awarded £328m contract for next generation submarines

Bar­row-in-Fur­ness, Unit­ed King­dom – BAE Sys­tems has been award­ed a £328m con­tract for the design of the Roy­al Navy’s next gen­er­a­tion of sub­marines.

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The UK Min­istry of Defence today announced it had placed the first design con­tracts for the Van­guard replace­ment pro­gramme with the three main indus­tri­al part­ners, BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime – Sub­marines, Rolls-Royce and Bab­cock.

It fol­lows an announce­ment in May, 2011 when the gov­ern­ment approved the programme’s Ini­tial Gate phase. Approx­i­mate­ly 1,000 peo­ple work on the new class of sub­marines at the company’s site in Bar­row-in-Fur­ness, Cum­bria, and in Feb­ru­ary it announced plans to cre­ate an addi­tion­al 280 new jobs in 2012.

The first of the new class is due to be deliv­ered in 2028 and will pro­vide the nation’s nuclear deter­rent into the 2060s.

BAE Sys­tems Mar­itime – Sub­marines is also home to the design and build of the Astute class attack sub­marines for the UK Roy­al Navy, and in total employs a work­force of more than 5,000 peo­ple.

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor John Hud­son said: “The sign­ing of this con­tract is a key step for­ward in our busi­ness strat­e­gy to deliv­er a sev­en-boat Astute pro­gramme fol­lowed by the replace­ment class for the Van­guard sub­marines. Not only does it help sus­tain the jobs of over 1,000 skilled employ­ees cur­rent­ly work­ing on the pro­gramme, it also pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to grow our work­force by a fur­ther 280 in 2012.”

The remain­der of the con­tract, which is worth around £350m in total, is split between the oth­er indus­tri­al part­ners, Bab­cock and Rolls-Royce, to cov­er design aspects of in-ser­vice sup­port and the submarine’s reac­tor design respec­tive­ly.

Editor’s Notes

  • The Van­guard Class com­pris­es four sub­marines – HMS Van­guard, HMS Vic­to­ri­ous, HMS Vig­i­lant and HMS Vengeance — all of which were built at Bar­row-in-Fur­ness from 1985 to 1999.
  • The new class of sub­marines has yet to be giv­en an offi­cial name, though the pro­gramme is referred to as ‘Suc­ces­sor’ by those involved in it.

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