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Iran Press TV

UK to unveil new contracts for Trident nuke system

Iran Press TV

Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:55PM GMT

Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to unveil new contracts for the next phase of renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is set to publish a report on Monday about fresh contracts worth £79 million for the next stage of work on the replacement of the country's nuclear weapons, taking the total spent on the project to over £800 million since 2011, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.

Despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats, British Conservative ministers are pushing ahead with plans for replacing Trident that may cost the UK more than £100 billion over the next 30 years.

Critics believe the money spent on nuclear arms would be at the expense of public sector jobs and services whilst the country is struggling with austerity cuts.

Hammond will announce a £32 million contract with Britain's weapons manufacturer BAE Systems for elements of the new submarines' propulsion system.

He will also announce another contract worth £47 million for the submarines' electrical equipment and parts of their hulls.

"We don't believe, particularly in an era of tightened public finances, that spending billions of pounds on a nuclear missile system … is the best use of public money,' a senior Liberal Democrat source said.

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander recently described the Trident nuclear weapons system as "the UK's last, unreformed bastion of Cold War thinking."

Earlier in September, British anti-nuke campaigners staged a protest outside the annual conference of the Liberal Democrat Party in the Scottish city of Glasgow to call for the government to scrap the Trident and stop plans to replace it.

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