BAE Systems wins Audacious contract!

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Posted:  12/10/2012  12:00:00 AM EST
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BAE Systems has been handed a £1.2 billion contract to build the fourth of seven Astute Class submarines for the Royal Navy. The latest vessel, called Audacious, will support 3,000 jobs at the company’s Barrow-in-Furness plant.

In addition the MoD has rubber-stamped a further £1.5 billion investment towards the remaining three Astute Class submarines. The first two boats, Astute and Ambush, are currently undergoing sea trials to rigorously test their systems. Astute has conducted deep dive trials and successfully fired Tomahawk land attack missiles and Spearfish torpedoes.

“This funding demonstrates our commitment not only to a key Royal Navy capability but also to the submarine industry in Barrow which will play a vital role in Astute for decades to come,” said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MOD's Director of Submarines, said:

“The Astute Class will become the jewel in the crown of the Royal Navy's Submarine Service and boasts much greater firepower and more advanced sonar and communications than ever before.

“These submarines represent a huge leap forward in technology and will operate all over the world with the Royal Navy. These boats provide the optimum capability a submarine can offer in land strike, strategic intelligence-gathering, anti-submarine and surface ship warfare, and protection of the strategic deterrent.”

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