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BusinessContracts worth £2bn awarded to boost UK submarine programme

Contracts worth £2bn awarded to boost UK submarine programme

CONTRACTS worth over £2bn have been awarded to begin the third major phase of the UK’s future submarine nuclear deterrent programme.

The defence contracts have been awarded to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce as part of the Dreadnought programme.

With the overall programme supporting around 30,000 jobs across the UK, from design through to build, Delivery Phase 3 (DP3) is the most significant stage of the Dreadnought programme so far.

In 2021 alone, it supported around 13,500 jobs in the Northwest of England and a further 16,300 over the rest of the UK.

A concept of the Dreadnought submarine rising above water.
The Dreadnought-class submarines are set to enter services in the 2030s.

The investment is the latest financial commitment between the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, and is the initial investment within a planned overall total of nearly £10bn for the whole delivery phase.

DP3 will see the first of four submarines, HMS Dreadnought, exit the Barrow-in-Furness shipyard to begin sea trials.

Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin, said: “The Dreadnought Class will be crucial to maintaining and safeguarding our national security, with the nuclear deterrent protecting every UK citizen from the most extreme threats, every minute of every day.

“Designed in the UK, built in the UK and supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the UK, the Dreadnought programme is a leading example of our commitment to defence manufacturing and will continue to boost British industry for decades to come.”

The Dreadnought programme also brings huge benefits to the BAE Systems’ Submarines Academy for Skills and Knowledge, based at the Barrow-in-Furness site.

Opened in 2018, the academy is currently training more than 1,050 apprentices and graduates, with a further 230 craft apprentices, 110 degree apprentices and 90 graduates set to join this year.

Managing Director, BAE Systems Submarines, Steve Timms said: “We take great pride in designing and delivering one of the world’s most advanced engineering programmes and helping to protect national security.

“Today’s funding announcement allows us to maintain the Dreadnought programme’s progress and continue investing in the infrastructure and skills needed to deliver these highly complex submarines to the Royal Navy.”

As the largest Class of submarine ever built for the Royal Navy, each will contain 26.4 miles of pipework and more than 20,000 cables stretching 215 miles.

President of Rolls-Royce Submarines, Steve Carlier, said: “Since 1969, Rolls-Royce has proudly provided the nuclear power and expertise that keeps the UK’s continuous nuclear deterrent at sea.

“This latest contract is a welcome sign of the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Submarines Enterprise and all the jobs around the UK that support it.”

The four Dreadnought-Class submarines will be based at HM Naval Base Clyde and replace the four Vanguard class submarines currently operating out of Scotland’s Navy HQ at Faslane.

Looking ahead, a £160m contract has been awarded to Raytheon UK for the Dreadnought crew training at HM Naval Base Clyde.

Chief Executive of Raytheon UK, Jeff Lewis, said: “This contract is for a truly transformative submarine training solution and builds on the success that we have had to date in transforming the Royal Navy’s training and learning solutions.

“Our collaborative working culture and experience in managing large and complex training programmes will help equip the Royal Navy with a training capability that underpins the cornerstone of the UK’s strategic defence capability.”

Supporting the UK Government’s levelling-up ambitions, this contract will support the training and development of the Royal Navy men and women who will take to the water when HMS Dreadnought enters service in the early 2030s.

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