Contracts worth £350m have been awarded today to UK companies to design the next generation of nuclear-deterrent submarines.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the first Successor submarine is due to be delivered in 2028, replacing the Vanguard-class submarines that currently carry Trident nuclear missiles.
Although a decision on the final design and build will not be made until 2016, detailed work has to take place now to ensure that the Successor submarines will be the most technologically advanced.
Contracts have been awarded to BAE Systems, Babcock and Rolls-Royce, sustaining or creating 1,900 jobs at sites across the UK. Engineers at the companies will work with the MoD on the design of the new submarines, which will use a new nuclear propulsion system.
The largest contract, worth £328m, has been awarded to BAE Systems Maritime — Submarines, which will work on the overall submarine design.
Babcock has been awarded £15m and will focus on designing parts of the in-service support.
More than £4m has been paid to Rolls-Royce, which will be responsible for the integration of the reactor design.