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BAE Signs Astute Submarine Contract (June 11)

The BAE Systems Astute Prime Contract Office (PCO) has recently signed a partnership agreement with Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde for the provision of support services for the Astute Class submarine.

The Prime Contract includes weapons upgrade of boats in the previous S & T Classes being undertaken by BAE Systems at Weymouth.

The subsequent contract, for which negotiations are currently in progress, will run for the first 8 boat years (equivalent to 4.5 calendar years) following the initial acceptance of HMS Astute in 2005.

This agreement is part of a detailed Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) plan currently being implemented by a joint BAE Systems, Defence Procurement Agency and HMNB Clyde team formed two years ago. Their objective is to ensure all aspects of CLS are understood and the need for integration and coherence with current flotilla's support systems is fully appreciated.

On signing the agreement Nigel Whitehead, Managing Director Astute, said: "Reaching this agreement with Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde is a major step forward on the Astute programme.

"The Base has a long and proud association with submarines and their support. The expertise they possess and the experience they bring to the programme is a major plus.

"I look forward to a long and successful partnership between the Astute PCO and the Base. With us working closely in partnership I am sure that we will be fully prepared for the launch of HMS Astute and that our Contractor Logistics Support plan will be successfully implemented."

Commodore John Borley, Director Naval Base Clyde added: "We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with BAE Systems in this exciting project.

"The CLS process is already driving supportability into the submarine design, and I look forward to successful implementation of in-service support for Astute in 2005."

Under a £2bn Prime Contract BAE Systems is undertaking the design, build and initial in-service support of three 7200 tonne Astute Class Submarines Type SSN for the Royal Navy. The Prime Contract has the potential for further submarines of the Class and includes weapons upgrade of boats in the previous S&T Classes being undertaken by BAE Systems at Weymouth.

--Length Overall: 97m
--Displacement: 7200 tonnes
--Submerged Speed: up to 30 knots
--Complement: 98
(Figures subject to change as design evolves.)

--Weapons load is 50% greater than the existing Trafalgar Class attack submarines.
--Six 533mm missile tubes
--Total of 38 weapons (Spearfish torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles (SLCM) or mines (in lieu of torpedoes)

--Harnessed (nuclear) power - the reactor, requiring no refuelling, will provide all the power Astute needs for life.
--One PWR2 Pressurised Water Reactor
--Geared turbine drive and pump jet propulsor
--Diesel - electric emergency propulsion system and diesel generator.

BAE Systems employs more than 100,000 people and has annual sales of some £12 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE Systems designs and manufactures civil and military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products.


Astute Support Partnership Agreement Signed