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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 27 August 2010
Total Production: 7
Unitary Cost: GBP£1.4 billion   (USD$1.7 billion)
Total Cost: GBP£10.0 billion   (USD$12 billion)
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: Babcock, BAE Systems*, Rolls-Royce and Thales   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Astute
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 27 August 2010
Total Production: 7
Total Cost: GBP£10.0 billion   (USD$12 billion)
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Description: The nuclear-powered British Astute-class attack submarines are the Trafalgar-class vessels follow-on. These submarines will replace currently in service Swiftsure-class submarines, also nuclear-powered, as well as eventually one or more Trafalgar-class submarines. Astute submarines will provide support for Vanguard-class submarines and perform surveillance and intelligence missions, as well as surface ships, submarines and land target engagements. Torpedoes will provide attack capability against surface ships, also employing anti-ship missiles, and submarines. The combat-proven Tomahawk missile will provide land attack capability as it does with other British nuclear-powered submarines.

The Astute-class submarines will be outfitted with six 533mm torpedo tubes. Each 533mm torpedo tube will be capable of launching Spearfish torpedoes, sub-Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Tactical Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles. The reliable and proven PWR2 pressurized water nuclear reactor, equipped with Core H, will be provided to Astute-class submarines. Core H will fuel the reactor for the submarine's full service life, ending the need for costly reactor refueling. The long-life nuclear core has been designed by Rolls-Royce to provide power to the ship for over 25 years. Vanguard-class submarines are currently powered by the PWR2 reactor.

The Royal Navy has ordered a first batch comprising three Astute-class submarines valued at £3.6 billion and a second batch for another three vessels was anticipated. As of March 2005, the HMS Astute submarine was expected to achieve operational capability in 2009.

The three Astute-class boats, currently on order, will be equipped with a revolutionary External Communications System (ECS) supplied by EADS. ECS will enable Astute to communicate over all the frequency ranges used for tactical communications transmitting voice, data and imagery. ECS is installed on the submarine's command deck module and is controlled by a special software enabling system operation by a single person from a central workstation.

Astute Specifications

Crew: 98
Number of Weapons: 38
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 11.2 meter (36.7 foot)
Length: 97 meter (318 foot)
Max Operating Depth: 300 meter
Power: 15,000 shp (11.2 MW)
Top Speed Submerged: 30 knot (15.4 mps)
Service Life: 25 year
Displacement Submerged: 9,000 ton
Displacement Surfaced: 7,400 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Astute News

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28 Sep 2006 and 14 May 2018
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Monday, May 14, 2018Royal Navy Orders Seventh and Final Astute Attack Submarine
Wednesday, April 19, 2017UK MoD Inks �1.4 Billion Deal for Agamemnon Nuclear Attack Submarine
Monday, February 29, 2016Royal Navy Artful Nuclear Submarine Fires First Torpedo using New Common Combat System
Thursday, November 19, 2015UK MoD Awards Contract for Final Astute Nuclear Attack Submarine
Monday, December 15, 2014Royal Navy Awards BAE Systems Spearfish Torpedo Upgrade Contract
Friday, March 14, 2014UK MoD Invets in BAE Systems' Barrow-in-Furness Site to Build Successor Submarines
Wednesday, February 13, 2013UK MoD Awards Contract for Astute and Successor Submarine Propulsion Systems
Monday, December 10, 2012UK MoD Awards Contract for HMS Audacious Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine
Thursday, July 5, 2012Northrop Grumman to Supply Platform Management System for UK Royal Navy's Next Astute-Class Submarine
Monday, June 18, 2012Rolls-Royce to Build New Nuclear Reactor Cores for Astute and Successor Class Submarines

Operators & Related Equipment

United Kingdom7
20247estimated in November 2011

Grand Total 71
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
RGM-84D Harpoonx38
Tactical Tomahawkx20
Sensor Systems
Sonar 2076x1

Astute Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
S119 HMS Astute-27 Aug 2010-
S120 HMS Ambush5 Jan 20111 Mar 2013-
S121 HMS Artful17 May 20142015-
S122 HMS Audacious28 Apr 20172018-
S124 HMS Anson20182020-
S123 HMS Agamemnon20202022-
S125 HMS Agincourt-2024-

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