John Hutton, British secretary of state for defense, recently announced a plan to refit the HMS Vigilant, a strategic missile submarine, with next-generation technologies by dockyard operator Babcock Marine, the British Ministry of Defense reported.
Under the approximately $414 million contract, Babcock will complete a weapons overhaul for the HMS Vigilant and install a new nuclear reactor core, among other upgrades.
"The major overhaul will furnish Vigilant with the latest reactor core, as used in the new Astute-class submarines, fueling her for life," Vice Adm. Sir Trevor Soar, Ministry of Defense chief of materiel fleet, said in a statement.
"Several other important updates to both her self-defense systems and her Trident missile system are also included, significantly updating the combat ability of this 21st century warship."
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