The SDSR and Trident: Analysis from NIS
- Costs of submarine construction rise by around 20% to £31 billion.
- In service date slips to “early 2030s'.
- £10 billion contingency fund and new management arrangements to reduce project risks.
- Trident debate in Parliament confirmed.
- Decision on new warhead may be put back.
The costs of building four new submarines for the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme has risen to at least £31 billion pounds, with the submarines not scheduled to enter into service until the early 2030s according to the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Read the full analysis.
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