Supply to Bae Systems Submarines

This is a guide for businesses which wish to supply to Bae Systems Barrow shipyard and its network of around 1,000 suppliers located in 444 UK towns and cities. Around 3-4% of the submarine supply chain is also located in Europe and USA.

Astute Launch
Bae Systems Barrow is a hub for over 1,000 suppliers, which deliver up to 60% of the constituent systems that make up a nuclear-powered submarine. There is on-going work on the next generation submarine project “Successor” on which some 850 suppliers in the  UK,  USA and some from Europe will be involved. The Astute class submarine is also underway with 4 boats still to be completed.


Bae Systems
– spend more than £10 billion a year with over 20,000 suppliers from across the world,
– buy a wide range of major equipment, services, materials and components
– require agile, reliable, innovative and high performing suppliers, who share our ethos of strong and resilient relationships at every level.
–  customers have extremely high expectations and requirements, which the supply chain need to meet.
– are proud to work with a diverse range of companies both large and small, with increasing emphasis placed on close working partnerships and embracing collaborative thinking in reaching our goals.
– when matching technological capability to  customer requirements,  recognise that a wealth of innovative thinking and knowledge can be found at every level of the supply chain and so want to maximise these skills and talents.


It will also outline some of the contacts associated with the company’s planned investment of over £300m in shipyard facilities modernisation.

FEDF through its partner the keep our future afloat campaign has unique access to a comprehensive listing of suppliers to help you find one or more routes into supplying the build or operational progreammes


Strengthening Supply ChainsStrengthening Supply Chains – November 2014 – Download PDF

You can find out more about by contacting either tel: 01229314100.
You can also visit us at The Supply Chain Growth Centre, Emlyn Hughes House, Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness, LA145PQ

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