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Astute Class Submarines

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he estimates the lifetime cost of the Astute programme will be. (170639)

The current whole-life cost estimate for the Astute programme, based on a Seven Boat Class, is £42 billion (outturn, VAT inclusive where applicable), comprising £9 billion for concept, design and manufacture; £32 billion for in-service (includes crew costs, support, maintenance and spares) and £l billion for disposal.