2019 Report details for project: Spearfish Upgrade Programme

Project name: Spearfish Upgrade Programme - 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: To update the UK's submarine heavyweight torpedo: safety improvements are required to ensure residual risks remain as low as reasonably practicable and improved performance against increasingly capable threats.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The Spearfish Upgrade (SFU) torpedo demonstration phase is progressing towards achievement of Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2020. However, delivery confidence has deteriorated from that reported in 2017 owing to technical issues during submarine firing trials. These issues have been mitigated through a re-design of the overall trial programme, including additional non-submarine firings, and engineering activity. That said, the Spearfish Programme achieved the first successful autonomous use of SFU against a submarine target in late 2018. The dependent projects that enable transition of SFU into service once IOC is achieved have also been progressed since the last transparency return. However, significant commercial issues have emerged with delivery of the in-service interface of SFU torpedo to the Combat System and the arrangements to convert torpedoes to the new SFU variant (through an in-service support arrangement). Resolution of these issues are the prime medium-term focus of the Spearfish Programme with Industry Partners having the key role for achieving success.
Start date: 2008-04-01
End date: 2024-03-31
Schedule text: Whilst SFU is currently on schedule to achieve IOC in 2020, there is significant risk to this milestone from the emergent technical issues and availability of sparse ships & submarines to support trials. Resolution of the technical issues is ongoing through additional engineering activity and asset availability for trials is being mitigated through senior prioritisation within MoD. The challenges to transition of SFU into service, via a new Combat System interface and torpedo support arrangement, are being managed through primarily commercial activity which cannot be commented on in depth. Should a future delay emerge to transition of SFU into service, the MoD is working with Industry Partners to maintain appropriate availability of the Royal Navy’s submarine launched torpedo
Baseline: £38.69m
Forecast: £37.90m
Variance: -2.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £413.89m
WLCost text: Baseline whole life costs are taken from the review note costs for the Assessment, Demonstration and Manufacture phases.
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