UK to start building new nuclear submarines with £1.3 billion
Construction work will start on the UK’s new nuclear submarines, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has announced, as he unveiled nearly £1.3 billion of new investment with BAE Systems.
The Successor project will now move into the next stage, known as "Delivery Phase 1," with manufacturing work beginning on structural steel work for the "auxiliary machine space" of the first submarine: this contains switchboards and control panels for the reactor.
The money will also be spent furthering the design of the submarine, purchasing materials and long lead items, and investing in facilities at the BAE Systems yard in Barrow-in-Furness where the submarines will be built.
As part of our £178 billion equipment plan, the programme will be supported by a defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade, meeting the NATO commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defense.
At a ceremonial event at the BAE Systems yard – the home of British submarine construction – next week, Fallon will begin the work with a "steel cut."
Several hundreds of suppliers are expected to be involved in the programme at its peak, almost 85 per cent of those based across the UK – securing jobs from Scotland to the South of England.
Fallon said: "Britain’s ballistic missile submarines are the ultimate guarantee of our nation’s safety – we use them every day to deter the most extreme threats.
"We cannot know what new dangers we might face in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s so we are acting now to replace them." ■