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What we do

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Our history

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Site safety and security

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About us

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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

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

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Our regulators

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing plays a vital role in delivering our mission to maintain and assure continuity of warheads to support the UK's deterrence programme.

We have a number of facilities across our sites and we use a diverse range of materials and processes. Operations include precision component manufacture, explosives formulation, fissile material production, rubbers and plastics, and warhead assembly and disassembly. Components are supplied in support of the UK’s nuclear weapon stockpile, hydrodynamic trials, and research and development programmes.

All manufacturing is undertaken with the strictest regard to the safety of all personnel, facilities, the local community and the environment. Highly trained teams work in accordance with rigorous safety and security processes.

Many of our manufacturing processes and materials used present unique challenges that are not found within a conventional manufacturing environment. Some of the materials require specialised handling, processing and storage solutions due to their hazardous nature. Many components are manufactured to very tight tolerances, from materials that are not easily formed or machined. This requires significant cutting-edge materials research and technology development, in order to manufacture and underwrite the components as safe and purposeful.

Operations are also supported by a range of specialist functions and systems including safety assurance, product development, production planning, production engineering, tooling, container design and manufacture, material stewardship and development, and facility management.