BAE gets contract for the sixth Astute Class Sub

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A contract worth £1.4bn has been awarded to BAE by the British MoD for the sixth vessel, HMS Agamemnon out of the planned seven vessels of the Astute class SSN.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was quoted saying,”This latest investment means we are well on our way to completing our fleet of Astute submarines. These are the most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy and are already providing unprecedented levels of stealth and attack capability across the world.”

The FTSE 100 defence group is leading the construction of the nuclear-powered HMS Agamemnon at its Barrow-in Furness shipyard in Cumbria.

Will Blamey, Managing Director of BAE Systems Submarines, said: “Securing the contract for the sixth Astute class submarine is a significant milestone for BAE Systems and the result of many years of hard work by our highly skilled workforce.

The first three submarines HMS Astute, Ambush and Artful are already operational with the Royal Navy and latter four are in various stages of construction at the Barrow site.

However, the Astute programme has run into trouble previously. A break in the UK building submarines meant vital skills and experience were lost, resulting in HMS Astute, the first boat in the class, arriving four years late and £2bn over budget.

Problems with the vessel included the nuclear reactor provided by Rolls-Royce – which has supplied the power plants for all of Britain’s atomic submarines – and issues with the quality of work and equipment overseen by BAE.

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