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BAE Systems to build sixth Astute-class submarine for Britain

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Richard Tomkins
BAE System' submarine construction hall in Britain. The company has just been contracted by Britain to build the sixth nuclear-powered attack submarines in the seven-vessel order. Photo courtesy of BAE Systems
BAE System' submarine construction hall in Britain. The company has just been contracted by Britain to build the sixth nuclear-powered attack submarines in the seven-vessel order. Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

April 19 (UPI) -- BAE Systems in Britain has received a $1.77 billion Ministry of Defense contract to build a sixth Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine for the Royal Navy.

The Agamemnon will be about 318 feet long, have a submerged speed of 30 knots and an endurance of 90 days. It can carry Tomahawk missiles as well as torpedoes.

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Securing the contract for the sixth Astute class submarine is a significant milestone for BAE Systems, and the result of many years of hard work by our highly skilled workforce.

"Securing the contract for the sixth Astute-class submarine is a significant milestone for BAE Systems and the result of many years of hard work by our highly skilled workforce," Will Blamey, managing director of BAE Systems Submarines, said in a press release.

"The Astute class submarines are among the most highly capable and technologically advanced in the world and we're immensely proud to build them for the Royal Navy."

BAE Systems is the prime contractor for the seven-ship program. It constructs the vessels at its facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The first three Astute submarines are already in service.

"These are the most advanced submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy and are already providing unprecedented levels of stealth and attack capability across the world," said Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

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