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Supercomputing upgrade at Atomic Weapons Establishment

The Atomic Weapons Establishment is to receive an upgrade to its high performance supercomputing system to further boost its ability to undertake research contributing to the development of new nuclear weapons.

UK – France co-operation on nuclear weapons set to deepen as France's Laser Mégajoule becomes operational

The first experimental firing of France's new nuclear test superlaser took place at the end of October, allowing French – and British – nuclear weapons scientists to test warhead components and materials as part of research work aimed at sidestepping international arms control measures.

Anglo-French nuclear co-operation agreement: New briefing from NIS

Under the terms of a new treaty Britain and France intend to collaborate on nuclear warhead technology for the next 50 years. The agreement, announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, commits the two nations to undertake a joint programme of co-operation on nuclear weapon technology at a new hydrodynamics research facility at Valduc in France and a joint Technology Development Centre at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston.

£2bn bonus for US corporations if government goes ahead with Trident replacement

Recent reports in the Guardian show that there is a hidden bonus of over £2bn to US corporations if the government goes ahead with building new nuclear warheads.

American firm Lockheed Martin has a large share in the management and ownership of the UK's nuclear weapons factories at Aldermaston.

Planning approval for new nuclear warhead 'conventional components' facility expected in 13th Aug 08

Britain plans to spend £3bn on new nuclear warheads. Decision breaches non-proliferation treaty, opponents say. 

Matthew Taylor, The Guardian, Friday July 25 2008

Trident warhead replacement confirmed

The Guardian reports that David Gould, former chief operating officer at the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, stated in June 2007 that AWE would build a new Trident warhead. At a defence industry conference Mr Gould said: "The intention is to replace the entire Vanguard class submarine system. Including the warhead and missile." 

Counting the cost of the UK's next nuclear deterrent

It wasn’t quite a throwback to the Cold War era of rowdy Commons debates and campaigners chained to the gates of Greenham Common. But last week’s rebellion over the UK’s nuclear arsenal was still sizeable. It also drew a major parallel with the past: ministers, officials and the public have little idea how much the controversial nuclear deterrent will cost.

Article from publicfinance.co.uk 

Nuclear Weapons Facilities

30 Jan 2007 : Column 154W Devonport Dockyard Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent discussions with Kellogg Brown and Root about future investment in Devonport Dockyard. [116904] 

The Future of Britain's WMD

Report prepared by Dan Plesch for the Foreign Policy Centre. Published March 2006. Read this 206k pdf file here.

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