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For more than 70 years, AWE has played a crucial role in the security of the United Kingdom (UK).

Our support for the UK’s Continuous at Sea Deterrent, and the specialist technical expertise we provide to the Government, are vital in the defence against the most serious threats to our nation and way of life.

We are proud to play our part in developing the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent. We are also proud to support the Government with our unique technical assistance to arms control, nuclear security, and response to nuclear or radiological accidents and terrorism.

To do all of this, we conduct research and development to sustain these unique capabilities, and take complex concepts through design to manufacture. AWE is the only nuclear defence laboratory in the UK – no one else can do what we do.

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