Babcock awarded future ballistic nuclear submarine contract
Babcock has been contracted by BAE Systems to work on a new design for the Submerged Signal Ejector (SSE) for the UK’s future ballistic nuclear submarine (SSBN).
Following the contract awarded to Babcock last autumn for the system definition of the future submarine’s tactical weapons handling and launch system (WHLS) and SSE, this latest contract now covers the development of a new (Mk12) SSE design up to System Design Phase.
According to a statement, the new Mk12 SSE will combine proven technologies with a number of innovative features, and is being designed to accommodate the platform-specific performance and technical requirements of the future submarine. The modular design of the SSE will also allow its manufacturing schedule to be decoupled from the submarine build schedule.