Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 9 December 2015 to Question 19392, how much his Department has spent on studies to support whether to refurbish or replace the existing Trident warhead design to date. (122607)
Tabled on: 15 January 2018
This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:
- To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Re-entry Systems Options project has concluded its work. (122687) Tabled on: 15 January 2018
Answer: Guto Bebb:
As of the end of the last financial year (March 2017), the Ministry of Defence had spent £100.7 million on studies to inform the decision on whether to refurbish or replace the existing warhead.
This figure consists of £93.7 million on technology studies to support refurbishment of the current system and explore options for a potential future warhead and £7 million on studies to support the decision whether to refurbish or replace the existing warhead.
Studies related to Re-entry Systems Options to determine the best approach to be taken are continuing.
The answer was submitted on 23 Jan 2018 at 17:43.