AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, has been central to the defence of the United Kingdom for more than 50 years.
They provide and maintain the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent, Trident. Trident is a submarine-launched, inter-continental ballistic nuclear missile weapons system, carried by Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines. AWE manufactures and sustains the warheads for the Trident system, ensuring optimum safety and performance, but also to maintain a capability to produce a successor system should the Government require one in the future.
AWE covers the entire life cycle of nuclear warheads; from initial concept, assessment and design, through to component manufacture and assembly, in-service support, and finally decommissioning and disposal.