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BAE lands submarine export order


War Hero
BAE Systems has landed its first export order for submarines in 20 years, the defence giant has said.
Spanish shipbuilding firm Navantia has placed a multi-million pound order for parts for four diesel-electric subs.

Under the deal, BAE will make eight pressure domes at its base in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and deliver them to Navantia by the end of 2007.

BAE saw off competition from Germany, France, Russia and the US to win the parts order.

The deal marks the company's first foray into the "new build" export market since 1987 - although BAE has carried out refurbishment work on other submarines.

"This contract marks a welcome return for us to the export market, although the Astute programme remains the primary focus for the yard," said the managing director of BAE's submarine division Murray Easton.

Astute is the name for a new class of seven nuclear submarines BAE is building for the Royal Navy, the first of which is due to be launched in June.

The firm added it was also "pursuing other opportunities" in the export market.


War Hero
So they'll be acting as a steel subcontractor then. Pretty far off returning to the submarine export market IMHO.

Still, musn't knock it. Navantia make good ships and subs and if they've bought Barrow over DCN, EB and whatver Sevmash is called now, then then BAES must be doing something right.

Good luck to them. Every export hour is money off the overhaead on MoD contracts.....


Lantern Swinger
Not_a_boffin said:
Still, musn't knock it. Navantia make good ships and subs and if they've bought Barrow over DCN, EB and whatver Sevmash is called now, then then BAES must be doing something right.

Perhaps their backhander was bigger than the opposition's back hander, sorry I mean commission!


Lantern Swinger
the article says 7 Astute boats - do they know something we dont. I heard the order was stopping at 3!!


Congratulations to the company for securing some valuable manufacturing jobs, the silly sods will probably put it together up side down or inside out and undo the good work though!!! :lol:


War Hero
There is so much US design input into those boats they should have sold Barrow to Electric Boat and just bought US designed ones off the shelf and saved a shitload of time and money…
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