British Defense Ministry plans to approve the initial gate phase of its procurement process for the planned successor to its Trident nuclear deterrent continue to slip.
Originally intended for the third quarter of 2009, then by the end of the year, the government now plans an announcement “early in the new year”, according to Bob Ainsworth, the secretary of state for defense. Concept phase work was originally expected to be finished by September 2009.
The reason for the delay, according to Ainsworth, is that “further time has been required to ensure that we take decisions based on robust information.”
The Vanguard class of ballistic missile submarines will need replaced with the successor boat entering service in 2024.
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