BAE Systems have shown off images of the first Dreadnought class nuclear submarine build process.
A section of submarine is moved across a public highway at BAE Systems Submarines in Barrow, Cumbria.
Building the replacements for the UK’s current Vanguard-class deterrent submarines is one of the country’s greatest engineering challenges. @RoyalNavy @DefenceES @RNSubs pic.twitter.com/O8ypp9H6HY
— BAE Systems Maritime (@BAES_Maritime) October 17, 2019
The class has been purpose-built as a nuclear powered ballistic missile carrier, incorporating a selection of successful design features from other British submarines. Due to this it is quite unlike its predecessor Vanguard class, itself an adaptation of the Valiant class.
Recently, General Dynamics was awarded a $64.8 million contract to support the second hull in the Dreadnought class ballistic missile submarine programme, HMS Valiant.
“General Dynamics Mission Systems is awarded a $64.8 million contract for the Strategic Weapon System Fire Control Subsystem hardware, associated deliverables, and spares for production efforts supporting the second hull of the UK Dreadnought Class ballistic missile submarines, nuclear, recently named as HMS Valiant, and the UK Software Facility,” the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
The programme already employs more than 2,600 people across MoD and industry, including 1,800 at BAE Systems. Thousands more will be employed in the supply chain with an average of 7,800 people expected to be working on Dreadnought each year throughout the duration of the programme.
At peak, in the early 2020s, BAE Systems anticipates employing more than 5,000 people on the Dreadnought programme.