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The Dreadnought programme

The current Vanguard class ballistic missile submarines first entered service in 1993 and will begin to reach the end of service life in the 2030s.

The Dreadnought submarines will replace them from the early 2030s. The four boats will be named Dreadnought, Valiant, Warspite and King George VI.

The programme is being delivered by the Dreadnought Alliance – a joint management team between the MOD’s Submarine Delivery Agency, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce.

The value of the sub-contracts between BAE Systems Submarines and Thales UK is approximately £291.5m for underwater systems work and £41.3m for above water systems work.

The Thales Sonar 2076 system is currently in service with the Navy’s Trafalgar and Astute-class submarines.

Thales UK sites

Thales’ Glasgow site employs about 700 people and has been training and developing engineering skills for the development and manufacture of submarine periscopes and optronic masts for more than 100 years.

Cheadle Heath employs 550 people and Templecombe employs 700. Those sites specialise in sonar technologies and have played a key role in the development of the Navy’s submarine, anti-submarine warfare and mine warfare sensor capabilities.

Thales in Crawley, where 2,000 people are employed, specialises in Defence systems and sensors, including electronic warfare capabilities that provide situational awareness and battlespace-decision support.

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