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Successor

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We are the industrial lead for the Successor programme and, alongside partners Rolls Royce and Babcock Marine, are designing a new generation of submarines to carry the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent.

 

They will replace the current Vanguard class, which was also designed and constructed at BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, with the first new submarine scheduled to enter service in 2028.

A decision on the number of submarines is not expected before Main Gate in 2016, which is when the Government will decide whether or not to approve full production.

Where are we now?
Work on the concept design phase has been ongoing since 2007, but this has now completed, and an outline submarine design has been selected.
Following the Government's approval of the Initial Gate Business Case in May, 2011, the programme moved into the Assessment Phase, which is the first major stage of the new submarine’s design and development. This is where the vessel concept and requirements are fleshed out and finalised into a detailed hull form and systems.
Focus is now on achieving Main Gate in 2016 by delivering a design of sufficient maturity to start construction.

Creating jobs
This major programme will see an employment boost with BAE Systems looking to recruit upwards of 200 new employees, particularly in its Engineering function. The roles include: Electrical, Mechanical and Structural Engineers, Engineering Managers and Naval Architects, along with Project Managers.

 

 

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  • Al Shamikh arrive in Oman
  • Hundreds of employees and well wishers greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they visit the UK’s only submarine builder
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  • How the Devonshire Dock Hall could look
  • How the Barrow site central yard could look in the future
  • Work Experience Girls Only
  • Artisan
  • Fundraising for Future
  • Artful Naming Ceremony
  • Emily Batten and Sanjay Jethwa with their winning iShip
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  • The crew on board Araguari at the handover ceremony in Portsmouth Naval Base
  • School children from Glasgow witness the load out of the Aft Island
  • School children from Glasgow witness the load out of the Aft Island
  • Glasgow School children witness a demonstration from the Emergency Response Team at the Aft Island Load Out event
  • The Aft Island of HMS Queen Elizabeth loads out onto the Clyde
  • The Aft Island of HMS Queen Elizabeth loads out onto the Clyde
  • The Aft Island of HMS Queen Elizabeth loads out onto the Clyde
  • Schools Engineering Challenge Final 2013
  • Schools Engineering Challenge Final 2013
  • Schools Engineering Challenge Final 2013
  • Former BAE Systems staff meet on the Cowes site
  • Schools Engineering Challenge 2013
  • Schools Engineering Challenge 2013
  • Brazil OPV 'Araguari' Departs on Sea Trials
  • HMS Duncan arrives in Porstmouth
  • HMS Duncan departs the Clyde on her delivery voyage
  • Employees wave off HMS Duncan on her delivery voyage from the Clyde
  • CB02 Steel Cut
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth bridge sets sail
  • Forward Island is loaded out ahead of departure
  • Ring L move Lower Block 03 HMS Prince of Wales
  • Forward Island of HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of departure to Rosyth
  • Forward Island of HMS Queen Elizabeth is weighed ahead of her journey to Rosyth
  • Ring L move Lower Block 03 HMS Prince of Wales
  • Astute Boat 4 bridge fin shipping
  • Head of Learning and Development Ted Creighton and World Skills silver winner Jack Ambrose
  • MARCE Wheel
  • Duncan departs for sea trials
  • Lower Block 04 load out at Govan, October 2012
  • Lower Block 04 load out at Govan, October 2012
  • Diesel generator installation on Lower Block 02 at Portsmouth, October 2012
  • Amazonas arrives in Rio
  • Amazonas arrives in Rio