shark bait wrote:Why would Barrow revert to building Astute's after the Dreadnoughts?
If you look for the reason on pp.22-23 of the 2018 EPP (Navy Command) you can't find it. But if you read through the separate NAO report, there is e.g. this:
" In response to affordability
challenges within the Equipment Plan, the Department took a number of measures
to make savings. These included delaying by two years its programme to introduce
new remotely piloted aircraft (Protector), resulting in an estimated £160 million cost
increase, and delaying some Typhoon training by one year, which increased costs
by £6 million. We have also reported on how the Department delayed by two years
the development of a replacement for the Astute-class submarine. This enabled
it to remove £1.2 billion of costs"
shark bait wrote:Better off building a Dreadnought lite
Quite a 'fatso' that would be, for hunter-killer duties? Even reactor designs should - ideally - be different for the silent cruising of boomers and the high speeds and spurts required - at times -of the SSNs.