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UK’s new submarine reactor programme “optimistic”, scientific panel says

16 November 2017

A panel of scientific experts says the programme to build a next generation of reactors for the United Kingdom’s new nuclear-powered Dreadnaught-class submarines has a “culture of optimism” and contingency funding to deal with unforeseen problems has been removed or deferred.

The concerns of three nuclear scientists was contained in a report into the validity of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) decision not to build a prototype of the PWR3 reactors that are to power the Dreadnaught-class submarines for the Successor nuclear deterrent programme, which dates from 2014 and was released under the Freedom of Information Act on 13 November.

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