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Our history

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

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World-class expertise

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National nuclear security

At AWE, we make a real difference to the national security of the United Kingdom – providing expertise to the Ministry of Defence and other UK Government departments in a number of critical areas.

Keeping the UK safe and secure

AWE’s unique skills and capabilities position us as leaders in our fields of expertise, providing support to UK Government with specialist national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Our nuclear threat reduction programme maximises AWE’s nuclear weapons expertise to support the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other Government departments working to identify worldwide and UK-based nuclear threats – using cutting-edge scientific methods and instrumentation to assist with threat reduction and counter-terrorism. In particular, as part of our enhanced detection programme, we are working on an improved capability to detect special nuclear material at the UK’s borders. Our work also contributes to ensure non-proliferation and responding to national nuclear situations.

All of our work is undertaken in the utmost interests of national security and non-proliferation ensuring no information is made available that could lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology.

Our experts are on-call 24/7 as part of the Government’s national emergency response arrangements – ready to deal with any nuclear accident or incident in the UK.

And in the field of nuclear forensics, we identify the origin of materials and recover traditional forensic information from crime scenes where exhibits have been contaminated with radioactive material.

Our nuclear threat reduction capability offers a stimulating and challenging working environment for self-motivated individuals who wish to make a real difference to the security of the UK.