This video updates on our 2019 report which highlighted problems arising in the UK nuclear weapons programme, the overall total cost of the programme and the need for policy changes to address a situation that is becoming increasingly unsustainable.
Dreadnought latest news
The Dreadnought submarines are planned to replace the current fleet of Vanguard submarines in the early 2030s. They will carry nuclear-armed Trident missiles and be powered by a PWR3 nuclear reactor.
Webinar: The Life and Work of John Ainslie
9th November 14:00 GMT, reflections on John Ainslie’s contributions to the nuclear disarmament movement and its continued relevance….Watch here
An update on UK nuclear weapons modernisation
An overview of the latest developments.
MOD equipment affordability risks remain despite £48bn extra funding
An internal assessment found that nuclear programmes were particularly vulnerable to cost rises.
Coronavirus delays Dreadnought for one year
The government denies the delay will affect submarine in-service dates
MoD admits problems at Rolls-Royce could delay Dreadnought
This is the first official acknowledgement of the risk
Rolls-Royce breached nuclear safety limits
The quantity of fissile material in a facility was more than 25% over the criticality limit.
Reports highlight repeated failures by MOD over four decades
Case studies from the recent NAO and PAC reports
Astute: seventeen month delay may impede Dreadnought programme
Handover of HMS Audacious was due in August 2019, but is now expected to be January 2021.
‘Trouble Ahead’ Review
Text of a presentation given at the Trouble Ahead launch event.
Trouble Ahead: Risks and Rising Costs in the UK Nuclear Weapons Programme
This report looks at the problems arising in the UK nuclear weapons programme, the overall total cost of the programme and the need for policy changes to address a situation that is becoming increasingly unsustainable.
Dreadnought prototype review exposes flaws in naval reactor programme
Senior academics criticised a 'culture of optimism' within the programme.