What we do
Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.Discover more
Not only do we play a crucial role in national defence, we are a centre of scientific and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.
Throughout our history, we have been guided by our purpose to deliver warheads to ensure the UK has, and continues to have, a credible nuclear deterrent.Find out more
Our work contributes significantly to the security of the UK. By using our unique nuclear know-how and expertise, we support the Government in detecting and protecting against potential threats to our country.Find out more
Science, engineering and technology lie at the heart of our work. It spans the entire lifecycle of warheads from initial concept and design, to final decommissioning and disposal.Find out more
Working together with our allies across the globe is vital to maintaining the UK deterrent through shared delivery programmes.Find out more
The study of plasma physics is critical to our ability to underwrite the safety and effectiveness of the warheads as well as playing a key role in scientific research for the future.Find out more
We use three-dimensional modelling and simulation capabilities to support our research.Find out more
We rely on cutting edge science to certify the performance of the warhead. Hydrodynamics, together with plasma physics and high performance computing, is essential to this.Find out more
Our outreach strategy aims to grow and share knowledge that is mutually beneficial to the nuclear and wider technical communities.
Orion enables AWE scientists to work on pressures and densities found nowhere else on earth. It also provides the opportunity for the UK academic community to conduct research.Find out more
Whether you're a scientist, an engineer, mechanic or business professional, we are always looking for high calibre candidates.