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Astute Project - Determined To Deliver Excellence

BAE Systems Submarine Solutions at Barrow-in-Furness is the prime contractor for the Astute Class of submarine.  The company will launch the first boat on June 8 2007 and deliver the vessel to the Royal Navy in August 2008.  When HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful enter service, they will be the largest and most powerful nuclear attack submarines ever built for the Royal Navy.

As prime contractor BAE Systems Submarine Solutions is responsible for the design, build and initial in-service support of the three 7,800 tonne Astutes currently under construction in the Devonshire Dock Hall facility at the shipyard.

Design and construction of the Astute Class is arguably the most challenging engineering project in the UK and has been described as more complex than the space shuttle, involving the production of over 7,000 design drawings.

Its nuclear power plant is more complex than a power station, with more restrictions placed upon it and with 98 people living and working in close proximity.   Once deployed, Astute is designed not to require refuelling throughout her full service life - in excess of 25 years - and can patrol for 90 days, remaining undetected thousands of miles from home and hundreds of metres underwater.