Rolls-Royce has won a second service contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to ensure the safety and power performance of Royal Navy nuclear submarines, in a deal worth £360 million.
Under this contract, the company will continue to operate and maintain the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment site at Dounreay, Scotland, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, to service and support Royal Navy programmes over the next 13 years. This facility tests the operation and performance of the nuclear power plants used to support the UK submarine flotilla.
On November 14, Rolls-Royce announced it had won a contract to provide a total powerplant support package, worth £100 million over the next three years. Future programmes envisaged for 2004-2011 are potentially worth a further £300 million.
A key element of the Vulcan contract will be confirming the performance and safety of the long-life reactor core, part of the propulsion plant manufactured by Rolls-Royce. This type of core will power the new Astute class of submarines for their full platform life and will also be retrofitted to the Vanguard class.