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Astute Class Nuclear Submarine

Author : Jonathan Gates
ISBN : 1785210718
Genre : Transportation
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The Astute-class is the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarine ever operated by the Royal Navy, combining world-leading sensors, design and weaponry in a versatile vessel. The submarines are nuclear-propelled and fuelled by a nuclear reactor powerful enough to supply a city the size of Southampton. Its advanced technology means the submarines will never need to be refuelled. They employ the latest technology such as the Sonar 2076 that detects the sound of enemy submarines using the largest number of hydrophones ever fitted to a submarine. Linked with powerful onboard electronics these provide the submarines with outstanding sensitivity. The Astute submarines are armed with the latest versions of Spearfish heavy-weight torpedoes and Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.
Category: Transportation

The United Kingdom S Future Nuclear Deterrent Capability

Author : Great Britain. National Audit Office
ISBN : 0102954364
Genre : History
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The programme aims to maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent beyond the life of the current system, with the introduction into service of the first of a new class of submarines in 2024. The timetable is challenging and the MoD needs to manage key risks if continuous nuclear deterrence is to be maintained. The current two year initial concept phase for the new class of submarines requires a series of important and difficult decisions to be taken by September 2009 to keep the programme on track. The MoD has appointed a Senior Responsible Owner to co-ordinate these decisions. The current predicted cost of procuring the new nuclear deterrent is between £15 billion and £20 billion (2006-7 prices), as outlined in the 2006 White Paper, The future of the UK's nuclear deterrent (Cm. 6994, ISBN 9780101699426). The estimated operating costs once the new class of submarines comes into operation are similar to those of the current deterrent, and the MoD recognises the need by September 2009 to produce robust estimates of whole-life costs. There are major areas of uncertainty in the budget, including the provision for contingency and VAT. The submarine industry is a highly specialised industrial sector with a number of monopoly suppliers and there are real difficulties in providing the right incentives for these suppliers to deliver to time and budget. The tight timetable set for ensuring the seamless transition from the present Vanguard class of submarines to the future class is challenging. A further risk to the programme is a shortage of nuclear-related skills in industry and within MoD - potentially aggravated by competition from civil nuclear projects.
Category: History

The Major Projects Report 2010

Author : Great Britain: National Audit Office
ISBN : 010296551X
Genre : Political Science
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This is a companion volume to the main report (HC 489-I, ISBN 9780102965506)
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Royal Navy Nuclear Submarines

Author : Books Llc
ISBN : 115659216X
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 25. Chapters: Astute class submarines, Churchill class submarines, Resolution class submarines, Swiftsure class submarines, Trafalgar class submarines, Valiant class submarines, Vanguard class submarines, Trafalgar-class submarine, HMS Astute, HMS Sceptre, HMS Dreadnought, HMS Conqueror, HMS Tireless, HMS Triumph, HMS Splendid, HMS Ambush, HMS Superb, HMS Trafalgar, HMS Vanguard, HMS Vigilant, HMS Vengeance, HMS Turbulent, HMS Torbay, HMS Audacious, HMS Trenchant, HMS Anson, HMS Agamemnon, HMS Talent, HMS Victorious, HMS Artful, HMS Courageous, HMS Ajax, HMS Repulse, HMS Warspite, HMS Resolution, HMS Valiant, HMS Spartan, HMS Churchill, HMS Revenge, HMS Sovereign, HMS Renown, HMS Swiftsure. Excerpt: The Trafalgar class is a class of nuclear-powered fleet submarines (SSN) in service with the Royal Navy. They are a direct follow on from the Swiftsure class and were, until the introduction of the Astute class, the Royal Navy's most advanced nuclear fleet submarines. Seven boats were built and commissioned, six remaining in service, Trafalgar having decommissioned in 2009. Torbay, Trenchant, Talent, and Triumph have been fitted with the Sonar 2076 system, which the Royal Navy describes as the most advanced sonar in service with any navy in the world. The Trafalgar class is a refinement of the Swiftsure class and designed six years later than its predecessor. The design included a new reactor core and Type 2020 sonar. Internal layout is almost identical to the Swiftsure, and it is only 2.5 metres longer. The Trafalgar class have strengthened fins and retractable hydroplanes, allowing them to surface through thick ice. The hull is also covered in anechoic tiles which are designed to absorb sound rather than reflect it, making the boats more difficult to detect with active sonar. The first Trafalgar-class submarine was ordered on 7 Apri...

The Major Projects Report 2011

Author : Great Britain: National Audit Office
ISBN : 0102976791
Genre : Political Science
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This is a companion volume to the main report (HC 1520-I, ISBN 9780102976786)
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The Defence Industrial Strategy

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Defence Committee
ISBN : 9780215028594
Genre : Business & Economics
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The defence industrial strategy published in December 2005 (Command paper Cm. 6697, ISBN 0101669720). Its aim was to provide greater transparency on the UK's future defence requirements and to set out those industrial capabilities the UK needs to maintain appropriate sovereignty and operate equipment independently. The Committee praises the production of the strategy to a tight timetable and with wide consultation. The strategy has been well received by industry. In the future there will be more focus on upgrading and maintaining platforms rather than designing and building new equipment. The Committee wants the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue improvements in the procurement process, and to give more information about future requirements. Investment in research and technology needs to increase, or the result will be lower quality defence equipment. The MoD also needs to develop a greater understanding of the vital role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the supply chain. Competitive procurement will not always be possible in some areas, where there is only a single company with the capacity and capability to deliver the MoD's requirements. The Committee expresses concerns about the planned use of long-term partnering arrangements, seeing the risk of possible monopoly supply and lack of access of other companies to sub-contract work.
Category: Business & Economics

The Future Of The Uk S Strategic Nuclear Deterrent

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Defence Committee
ISBN : 9780215032812
Genre : Deterrence (Strategy)
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The Government white paper (Cm 6994, ISBN 9780101699426) recommended the renewal of the Trident system, and wanted a decision made in 2007 as delay would imperil the UK's security. This report analyses the white paper's findings and conclusions, and explores the key issues and questions which should be addressed in the debate on the future of the deterrent. The Committee reports some disagreement with the Government's timetable for procurement of new submarines. The reduction in the total number of warheads is welcomed, but as the number deployed on submarines is not to change the Committee is uncertain of the operational significance of this measure. The Committee would also like clarification of the nature and geographical scope of what the Government considers the UK's "vital interests" for which the nuclear deterrent exists. There appears to be no legal consensus that the proposals are consistent with all of the UK's international obligations, in particular the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, so political considerations will govern the renewal decision. Detailed estimates of the costs are vital to inform the debate. The Committee acknowledges the Government's efforts at openness on this matter.
Category: Deterrence (Strategy)

Rusi Defence Systems

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ISBN : UOM:39015058909493
Genre : Defense industries
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Category: Defense industries