Britain on Monday announced plans to go for next generation nuclear-armed submarines, awarding a 1.1 billion pounds contract to Rolls-Royce to produce reactor cores for the new sub.
The project would ensure the country “sovereign nuclear capability”, defence secretary Philip Hammond said.
He said the initiative is part of plans to replace the Vanguard fleet of submarines, which carry the Trident nuclear missiles.
But the move was opposed by the Scottish government which said it would be an “obscenity” to go ahead with the initiative.
Scotland Government’s strategy secretary Bruce Crawford said the Scottish Government was committed to the “earliest possible withdrawal” of the nuclear deterrent.
He said, “What is quite clear is that the people of Scotland are opposed to the new nuclear weapons system on the Clyde, the British nuclear base sited in highlands.
I think it’s an obscenity that we’re going to be pressing ahead at this time with this particular system.”
However, Hammond told BBC “Having balanced the MoD's books we can now invest in vital strategic capabilities to meet the present and future defence needs of the UK."
The ministry of defence said that replacing the existing infrastructure at Rolls-Royce with state-of-the-art nuclear reactor core production facilities would cost about 500 million pounds.
Another 600 million pounds will be spent on producing new reactor cores for the Astute and Successor Class submarines, it said.