BAE Wins Contract to Build Sixth Astute-class Submarine
LONDON — BAE Systems has been awarded a $1.8 billion contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defence to deliver the next Astute-class submarine to the Royal Navy, the company announced April 20. Agamemnon will be the sixth of seven nuclear-powered attack submarines designed and manufactured at the company’s site at Barrow-in-Furness, 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 Astute-class submarines are amongst the most highly capable and technologically advanced in the world and we’re immensely proud to build them for the Royal Navy.”
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “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.
“Backed by a rising defense budget and a £178 billion [$228 billion] equipment plan, Barrow will remain the hub of our submarine build programs providing high-skilled jobs for years to come.”
The first three Astute-class submarines, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful, are in service with the Royal Navy with a further four in various stages of construction at the Barrow site.