Construction of the UK’s four new nuclear submarines is to begin, after the government announced £1.3bn of new investment with defence firm BAE Systems. The “Successor” is the proposed new generation of submarines to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the deal would secure thousands of highly-skilled jobs across the UK. “This shows the government will never gamble with our national security.” The four new Successor submarines, which will carry Trident missiles, are to be built at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness. The project will move into a new phase from next week, with manufacturing beginning on structural steel work for the first vessel. The defence firm says they will enter service from the 2030s onwards and have a lifespan of at least 30 years.
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The Ministry of Defence is to release a further £1.3bn for the construction of Britain’s new fleet of submarines armed with nuclear warheads. The cash will be handed to the defence giant BAE Systems so it can begin cutting steel for the first of the four Trident submarines, which are due to enter service in the early 2030s.
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