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1,000-Tonne Nuclear Submarine Passes Through Residential Streets In Barrow

1,000-Tonne Nuclear Submarine Passes Through Residential Streets In Barrow

The unit belonging to defence company BAE Systems is the heaviest ever moved and was taken to Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow-in-Furness from the New Assembly Shop in Bridge Road, Barrow

 

People say you can’t even step out your front door these days.

That’s certainly the case if a 1,000-tonne piece of nuclear submarine happens to be rolling down your street.

But that is exactly what happened in Barrow in Cumbria on Sunday, when a submarine unit weighing more than 1,000 tonnes was transported to an indoor shipping complex.

The unit belonging to defence company BAE Systems is the heaviest ever moved and was taken to Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow-in-Furness from the New Assembly Shop in Bridge Road, Barrow.

The unit will form part of an Astute class nuclear-powered submarine. Two such submarines – HMS Astute and HMS Ambush – are already in service.

Four more submarines are being constructed at Barrow: Audacious, Anson, Agamemnon and an as-yet-unnamed submarine.

BAE Systems was awarded the contract for the fifth submarine last month, taking the total value for work on the vessel to £1.3 billion.

Manufacture of the submarine began in 2010 and HMS Anson is on schedule to begin sea trials in 2020.

Link – Yahoo Story

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Royal Navy – Northrop delivers program management system gear

NEW MALDEN, England, Sept. 10 – A final  batch of platform management system (PMS) hardware has been delivered to BAE  Systems by Northrop Grumman for installation on a Royal Navy submarine.

“Northrop Grumman has a well-established relationship with the Royal Navy,  supplying and supporting systems for surface ships and submarines,” said Andrew  Tyler, Northrop Grumman’s chief executive, U.K. and Europe. “The continued  success of our involvement in the Astute program is a reflection of the skill of  our teams and the close partnership that we have with BAE Systems and the  Ministry of Defense.”

The platform management systems controls and monitors a submarine’s platform  machinery and onboard systems. Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit  supplied the PMS to BAE Systems Maritime–Submarines under a performance  partnership arrangement. The PMS delivered will be installed on Astute Boat 5,  the Anson.

Additionally, Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to supply PMS  hardware and software for two additional Astute-class, nuclear-powered  submarines.

“Our extensive track record of delivering reliable, high-performance  navigation and ship control solutions has helped to establish us as a preferred  supplier for Royal Navy platforms,” said Alan Dix, managing director of Northrop  Grumman Sperry Marine. “We are particularly pleased that we have achieved 100  percent on-time delivery status during the two-year process for Astute Boat  5.”

Source – UPI.com

 

How to build a Nuclear Submarine – Video Clip

Not particularly new news but interesting none the less.

The Astute Class Submarine – Click on the picture for Video

 

Fourteen years to design and build and costing around a billion pounds, nuclear submarine the Astute is one of the most technologically advanced and controversial machines in the world.