Written question – Defence [15/01/2018]

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:

  1. 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.

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