The Next Generation of Submarines
The Astute-class submarines are the next-generation nuclear fleet submarines of the UK Royal Navy. The class sets a new standard for the Royal Navy in terms of weapons load, communication facilities, stealth and crew comfort. The boats are being constructed by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions at Barrow-in-Furness.
Seven boats will be constructed. The first of class, Astute, was launched in 2007 and commissioned in 2010, and the second, Ambush, is due to be launched in 2011