NIS is a not-for-profit, independent information service, which works to promote public awareness and foster debate on nuclear disarmament and related safety and environmental issues. In mid-October the government announced that production of the fourth Astute-class submarine was nearly 17 months behind schedule, a delay that is likely to impact on the timetable for building the Dreadnought-class submarines. HMS Audacious was due to be handed over to the Navy in August 2019, but due to a fault handover is now expected to be January 2021. The Astute-class submarines are nuclear powered but armed with conventional weapons. They are being built by BAE Systems at Barrow-in-Furness. The Astute submarines are intended to replace the Trafalgar-class submarines, but due to delays in the Astute programme, some of the Trafalgar submarines have had their service lives extended to more than 30 years. HMS Audacious is the fourth Astute-class submarine to be built, following HMS Astute, HMS Anson and HMS Artful, which are currently in service.
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