UK MOD awards £85 million contract for future Royal Navy submarines

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute (Photo: Royal Navy/LA(Phot) Paul Halliwell)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems an £85 million (US$116.4 million) contract to support early design and concept work on the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines.

The new submarine class will eventually replace the Royal Navy’s seven Astute-class boats, the final three examples of which will enter service within this decade.

BAE Systems will work alongside the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), Rolls-Royce, Babcock International Group, and other partners on the SSN-Replacement (SSNR) program.

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