ASTUTE (S-20) class SSN
Country of Origin: Britain
The Royal Navy's ASTUTE class is a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) intended to replace the SWIFTSURE and TRAFALGAR classes from which it was developed. The ASTUTE-class submarines fulfill anti-submarine, anti-surface, surveillance, intelligence and land-attack missions in the Royal Navy. Design, engineering and program management difficulties put the program behind schedule, with the first unit being well over its budget. As a result, there was an amendment to the contract in...
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