To date, BAE Systems has worked with more than 100 suppliers, 85% of whom are based in the UK. The total spend in the supply chain is anticipated to reach between £8-9bn, with in excess of 350 suppliers in the submarines’ build programme.
BAE Systems are the industrial lead for the Dreadnought programme and, alongside partners Rolls-Royce and Babcock, are designing and constructing a new generation of submarines to carry the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent.
The Right Honourable Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, visited Barrow-in-Furness shipyard in October 2016 to commence the first metal-cut for the Dreadnought programme - this followed UK Government commitment of £1.3 billion funding. The Dreadnought programme will deliver four new submarines for the Royal Navy and will replace the current Vanguard class, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s.
Comparable in size to the Vanguard class submarines, the next generation of nuclear deterrent submarine is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges. Technological advances, threat changes, new methods of design and production mean the new submarines will be a completely new design.
The Dreadnought programme already employs more than 2,600 people across MOD and industry, including 1,800 at BAE Systems. Thousands more will be employed in the supply chain with an average of 7,800 people expected to be working on Dreadnought each year throughout the duration of the programme.