2015 Report details for project: Astute Boats 1-7

Project name: Astute Boats 1-7 - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The scope of the programme covers the design, development and manufacture of 7 Astute class submarines as detailed in the formal Staff Requirement of 1997. The military requirement for up to 8 submarines was re-endorsed in the SDSR 10 which require the submarines to perform a wide range of military tasks; demonstrate global reach, endurance, covertness, sustained high speed and the ability to conduct unsupported operations in hostile environments.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The Astute Class submarine project has progressed with the launch of Boat 3 and the first steels being cut for Boat 7. However, the project remains a very technically demanding endeavour and the schedule to deliver the remaining 5 boats is challenging. Whilst the MOD, shipbuilder and supply chain have all learned much from the construction of the first 2 boats, challenges remain, and a number of performance improvement projects, recommended by the MPA, have been established to address the main technical, logistical and management risks and issues. These all involve close working between the MOD and its main suppliers and are providing some evidence of the manufacturing performance required to meet the approved targets for schedule, cost and performance. All of these business Improvement initiatives are being fed into the Successor Programme. The recommendations of Cabinet Office MPA review of the Astute Programme, have been taken and are reviewed regularly to ensure adherence.
Start date: 1997-03-17
End date: 2024-03-31
Schedule text: The Project remains on schedule to deliver the remaining 5 submarines within the latest approval, although some substantial risks and challenges remain. The first two submarines have been handed over to the Royal Navy and the third was launched in May 2014.
Baseline: £558.10m
Forecast: £645.59m
Variance: 15.70%
Variance text: The variance in the 2014/2015 Astute programme expenditure are caused by: HMS ARTFUL (Boat 3) remaining in Barrow longer than originally scheduled; early investment in activities to reduce risks in boats 4-7 including batch buying of materials, outsourcing a greater quantity of production work, and increasing the volume of work above that originally planned; and investment in improving supply chain capabilities.
Whole Life Cost: £9,860.64m
WLCost text: The budgeted whole life costs reflect the outcome of the latest completed MOD Planning cycle which assures the tautness and robustness of the estimates.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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