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The U.K. government has announced £170m will be invested in developing technology for a new generation of submarines for the Royal Navy.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said it marked “the start of a new journey”.
Two contracts for £85 million each have been awarded to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to deliver design and concept work for the replacement vessels.
The investment will guarantee 350 jobs: 250 at the shipyard in Cumbria and 100 at Rolls-Royce operations in Derby.
The design work will help inform future decisions to decide on the replacements for the Astute Class submarines, the nuclear-powered fleet of submarines currently in service with the Royal Navy.
Described as “the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy”, the Astute Class submarine can launch long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles at sea, striking ground targets “hundreds of miles inland with pinpoint accuracy”.
Yes, rather amusing that these two T.V. programmes are currently on air, who would have thought, government propaganda still alive and well.