Periscopes for nuclear subs to be made in Glasgow


(BBC) – A Glasgow-based company has won a £330m contract for work on the UK’s next generation of nuclear submarines. The contract has been officially announced by defence minister Baroness Goldie during a visit to Glasgow.

Thales UK will build periscopes, sensors and sonar for the Dreadnought-class vessels. The periscopes – known officially as combat system masts – will be manufactured at Govan in Glasgow. The Thales facility in West Sussex will contribute technical input to the work. The sonar system will be developed in Somerset and Stockport.

The new Dreadnought vessels have been described by the Ministry of Defence as the Royal Navy’s most advanced submarines. They are scheduled to enter service at HM Naval Base Clyde from the early 2030s.

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