[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated:  Tuesday, 8 April, 2003, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
US team to work on submarine order
Barrow shipyard
The BAE Systems yard in Barrow is a major local employer
The Barrow shipyard has confirmed it is bringing in a team from America to advise on the late-running Astute submarine programme.

BAE Systems is up to three years behind on the contract to supply three Astute submarines to the Royal Navy.

The company said bringing in the team of engineering management staff from General Dynamics Electric Boat is the latest step in trying to resolve the situation.

They will work alongside the Astute team in Barrow for two years and some design work will now be carried out in the United States.

Share ideas

The company has denied there will be any effect on the Barrow workforce.

BAE said the move will allow both sides to share best practice and for Barrow to learn from the Americans' Virginia Class Programme.

It said the expertise would benefit both Astute and UK submarine building in general.

Electric Boat will also undertake work at the company's Groton yard to support the design effort on Astute, with BAE Systems and UK MOD staff working at Groton.




SEE ALSO:
Delay blow to submarine order
19 Feb 03  |  England
1,000 jobs go at BAE Systems
21 Jan 03  |  Business
Barrow braced over shipyard jobs
15 Jan 03  |  England
Union showdown with shipyard bosses
11 Jul 01  |  Business
BAE axes 1,150 shipyard jobs
10 Jul 01  |  Scotland


INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific