In the last five years, there have been two submarine projects that have been floated and are currently being developed.
One of these projects is the Javelin submarine project, which has been in the works for decades and is scheduled to enter service in 2021.
The other is the Arleigh Burke class submarine project.
The latter has been the subject of much debate over the years, with some of the key issues ranging from the size of the submarine to its capability.
As part of the Jaques project, the UK’s government is working with a number of British companies, including a French submarine builder, to develop a design for a new submarine, which is said to be “more advanced” than the Jaque.
The Jaques design was first mooted by a former member of the UK government in 2016.
Since then, several other companies have been identified as being interested in the project, with French firm, Artevents, having put up a bid for the project in 2016, which was eventually accepted by the UK Ministry of Defence.
However, as we reported last year, the government has recently been criticised for not being forthcoming about the status of the project.
The UK government has repeatedly stated that it is working towards a new Arleigh-Burke class submarine that is capable of competing with the Russian and Chinese submarines currently in service, but has not yet given an update on its plans for this new class of submarine.
Artevens spokesperson, David Taylor, told us that while the UK is currently engaged in a strategic partnership with the French, he did not have any information about the Jaquet’s current status.
“It’s a joint project between Artevant and the French Navy, but we haven’t received any information on any operational status, nor is there any information available to us about any contract award,” Taylor said.
Ardeon also told us in its press release that the Jaques design has “been the subject [of] a lot of controversy in the past, but it’s in the right place”.
However, a number other experts believe that the lack of information from the UK Government about the progress of the proposed submarine project is likely to delay the project’s launch and ultimately make it more expensive to build.
We spoke to one of these experts, John Smith, who is a naval expert at the University of Bath, UK, and has studied the Jaquin design.
He told us:The Jaquez is the first submarine in the Jaesetec class that has not undergone a detailed design and development process.
“This is a huge challenge because it’s a submarine that was conceived before any other submarine ever was,” he said.
Smith said that the project has been around for many years, and that it has been considered as the “best submarine” for the task.
However he added that he believed that there was a lack of transparency from the British Government about what it was planning to build, with the British public often not even being given the details of the new submarine before it was announced.
“I think we are not aware of the progress, and the public have a right to know that the government is thinking about it,” he told us.