1bn UK Nuclear Submarine Contract to be Announced


The UK’s Secretary of Defense is set to announce a new one billion pound contract for building the reactors for the next generation of nuclear-armed submarines.

Reports the BBC:

The deal is part of plans to replace the Vanguard fleet, which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent.

The work will be carried out at the Rolls-Royce factory at Raynesway, Derby, creating 300 jobs.


[Said an MOD spokesperson:] “Following a Trident value for money study carried out as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, we are proceeding with initial work to renew the nuclear deterrent, but a final decision will be taken in 2016.

“As part of the coalition government agreement a review is also being carried out into alternative systems for maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent.”

Specifically, the new billion pound contract to be announced by Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will fund two reactors, one for the seventh Astute Class attack submarine and one for the first of the new nuclear deterrent submarines.

The money will also be used to fund an 11-year refit of the Derby Rolls-Royce plant, which will carry out the highly technical work.

Earlier this year Mr Hammond awarded 350 million pounds to UK companies that would be involved in the redesign and refit.

The first of the four Vanguard submarines that carries the Trident missiles had been due to leave service in 2022, but it and its sister vessels had their service lives extended as part of a 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The UK press has already started speculating that the move to pump more money into the Trident replacement project, prior to a decision of what should actually replace Trident which could come as late as after the next general election in 2016, may cause further tensions in the presiding Conservative-Lib Dem coalition government.

The Conservative government wishes to replace the nuclear deterrent in a like-for-like swap, to be completed by 2028, but the Lib Dems have made it clear that they are against such a move and would first want to explore cheaper alternatives.

The announcement of this contract may also anger peace protesters who, while of course making a claim based on non-violence, also advance that the country cannot afford this renewal of nuclear arms and that the money for the refit is being taken from other vital services such as health care and education. This is a charge the government has strongly denied.


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Oleg Kobetz
Oleg K3 years ago

Thank you

Ian P.
Ian P.5 years ago

great to see a country dictating cuts in all areas of life - they find the money for nuclear!!!!
stuff schools, elderly, NHS - they're happy to spend on weapons and white elephants such as HS2 - what a country this has turned into!!!

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle5 years ago

So where does the 1 b pounds of money come from for the holocast program? From the tea an crumpet fund? How does it not take away from vital social services? We here in the US fund our suicidal fantasies very well. We fund war programs with well over half of our tax income (over a trillion last year) and we're experiencing dramatic affects agaist our social structure. Healthcare and education rate at third world country levels. Cuba has better survival rates for birthings for both mother and baby (we rank with third world countries on this too). We've let our infrastructure go to an extreme. We put more people in jail that any other country. We are the worst nation on the planet for spending on our social structure yet so many in our government think we spend too much on it and not enough on the military/industial complex and welfare for the wealthy. You can't say that spending billions of dollars on new nuke subs isn't taking away from their social structure. Maybe you can hide the money trail, but you can't deny it takes away from the social structure.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma5 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Suzy D.
Reverend Suzy D5 years ago

Here in the UK, we are only free to express our opinions because we are living under an umbrella of peace and democracy. This was secured by successive generations before ours maintaining a robust UK defence policy.

As an ex-serving member of HM Forces, I can say that nobody wants peace more than the serviceman/woman. Ask any military padre, or those affected by ptsd !

My only reservation, after the run down of the military over the past 40 years, is whether there is an imbalance between our expenditure on conventional weapons and that of nuclear deterrent. Too much reliance on the latter may leave us ill equipped to deal effectively with conventional enemy incursions. " Si vis pacem, para bellum "

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

In the past we did need some defence capability, but these weapons are offensive weapons & an appalling waste of tax payers money(the wealthyest avoid paying their share) which should be spent for the benefit of all cityzens.
Fred K your argument/statement no longer is true & you show a paucity of reason with your juvenile insults, any intelligent person wants peace, it may be that the arms industry wishes for foolish perpetual upgrading of arms at extortianat prices.

Carole R.
Carole R5 years ago

Thanks for the post.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.