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Defence Policy
 

North West England's
Shipbuilding

2010 Strategic Defence Review

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The 2010 'Strategic Defence and Security Review' is now in its implementation phase and is due to be reviewed later this year after the May 2015 General election.

KOFAC will be looking to provide views on what it should contain.

SDSR 2010's committment to  deliver 7 astute class submarines and proceed to initial gate of the successor submarine project is welcomed by KOFAC. To read the KOFAC team's submission on SDSR click here

The KOFAC team had met Peter Luff MP  Minister for Defence Procurement at MoD on 20th September 2010 to make the case for sustaining the submarine industrial base of the UK and ending uncertainty over the successor programme .You can see the key points made to the Minister here (click).

 

KOFAC's strategic defence case centres around the Royal Navy needing a submarine fleet to perform a wide range of strategic roles in support of the UK's National Security Strategy including :

  • Sea denial
  • Sea control 
  • Anti-submarine warfare
  • Protecting expeditionary forces
  • Support of special operations
  • Intelligence gathering

The Royal Navy submarine fleet operating at a high tempo; is stretched to meet its current commitments already and has to  largely rely on an ageing fleet of Swiftsure and Trafalgar class submarines.New Astute class boats are essential and will improve affordability and reduce through life cost.

'The Royal Navy currently had 85 warships in service' (Hansard Col.123W,1 June 2009,).

 

 

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