AWE has been central to the defence of the UK for more than 60 years, providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. Our expertise also supports the UK Government in delivering innovative and integrated national nuclear security solutions.
Trident, a submarine-launched ballistic nuclear weapons system, is the UK’s sole nuclear deterrent. Our unique technical work covers the life cycle of nuclear warheads from initial conception, research and design, through development, manufacture, assembly and maintenance while in-service to final decommissioning and disposal.
Following the UK’s ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, all of our work must be carried out without recourse to actual nuclear testing – a task that poses enormous scientific and technical challenges for the company.
To meet these challenges, AWE has been working to develop new methods of verifying the safety and reliability of the UK’s nuclear deterrent through pioneering science, engineering and technology.
AWE is an exciting place to work, and we remain committed to achieving international recognition as a centre of scientific and technological excellence.
We have scientists, engineers and business specialists of world renown. Achieving and maintaining the very highest standards in everything that we do are at the heart of our vision.