U.K. awards BAE Systems contract for Astute-class submarine

November 19, 2015 2:15 PM

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The U.K. Ministry of Defense has awarded BAE Systems a $1.98 billion contract to deliver the fifth Astute-class attack submarine.

The contract covers both design and manufacturing for Anson, the fifth of seven planned Astute-class submarines. Work on Anson began in 2010, and is now at an advanced phase of construction. The company expects the attack submarine to begin sea trials in 2020.

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