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    Quote Originally Posted by grumzed View Post
    "Basic" kit isn't the problem - it is the big stuff that costs a lot.
    Exactly. How much does the UK's nuclear deterrent cost...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman Post View Post
    Exactly. How much does the UK's nuclear deterrent cost...?

    It would be a lot cheaper purchased from abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman Post View Post
    Exactly. How much does the UK's nuclear deterrent cost...?
    Complex question. The submarines are made in the UK (currently Vanguard class but to be gradually replaced by Dreadnought class but not planned to be fully operational until 2028) so the on GDP is much reduced. The cost of running the system overall is quoted in Wikipedia as follows:-

    "For the 2018/19 financial year the National Audit Office found that spending on the nuclear deterrent will cost 5.2 billion, or 14% of the defence budget, with 600 million of contingency funding used. Costs were projected at about 51 billion over the following 10 years, 2.9 billion above the projected budget which already anticipated finding 3 billion of savings, which the Daily Telegraph described as a 6 billion shortfall."

    The amount that will be paid to the USA is around 20B for the missiles over this period, however this is quite hard work to verify!

    Personally, I think this deterrent should be maintained but appreciate this is not everyone's opinion. In this particular case I think the UK has not much choice but to buy from the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lankou View Post
    It would be a lot cheaper purchased from abroad.
    Not overall but no choice to maintain the nuclear deterrent at this time. Inward investment provides jobs and develops high tech skills which are of great value but are often not costed into the decision making. The taxpayer pays for all of this so decisons should not be just on the cost to the defence budget but to the total cost over a period to the exchequer (ultimately the taxpayer).

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