Defence chiefs have commissioned a review into Dreadnought amid concern that construction of Britain’s new Trident submarines is veering off course. Officials in the Ministry of Defence are understood to have initiated the review into schedules on the £41 billion project, which will replace Britain’s ageing fleet of Vanguard submarines. Defence giant BAE Systems is building the four Trident nuclear warhead-armed submarines at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, with the first due to enter service in the “early 2030s”. Their prompt arrival is vital to continuous at-sea deterrence — having at least one submarine at sea at all times. The arrival of the first Dreadnought-class boat has been pushed back from 2024 and the budget has swollen to £31 billion, plus £10 billion of contingency cash. Delays to seven Astute hunter-killer submarines have also eaten into its schedule, and there have been problems with vital new infrastructure. The MoD does not disclose construction milestones for Dreadnought.
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