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April 03, 2004

Astute Design and Build

I am sorry to learn the next-generation UK hunter-killer submarine program is having problems. I am almost embarrassed to learn it is 1 billion over budget (and counting). I am surprised to learn BAE Systems has brought in management from Electric Boat to help sort out the problem. Finally, I am a bit alarmed to learn how detailed is the information made public on engineering processes that are both sensitive from commercial and security perspectives. It is not the release of specifications that concerns me but publishing the names of senior members of the design and build team.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 3, 2004 08:22 AM


I thought it fascinating that the nuclear plant will never need refueling for the life of the boat.

Posted by: Ted at April 3, 2004 08:43 PM

These are small reactors too (as nuclear reactors go). I think the plant on a Nimitz class supercarrier runs for twenty years without re-fuelling.

Posted by: Flea at April 4, 2004 11:43 AM