The Astute class submarine is the latest in the British Royal Navy fleet and was first launched in 2007. This huge submarine has an appearance similar to a whale. It is nuclear-powered, not requiring a single refuel over its 25-year lifetime, although it is not unique in this regard. The Astute class submarine is built by BAE Systems Maritime in Barrow-in-Furness on the northwest coast of Britain. The submarines cost about $2.4 billion (USD) each. The Astute class consists of attack submarines, in contrast to the ballistic missile submarines of the Vanguard class.
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Skill Level: 2
- Painting and assembly required
- 2 sprues
- One decal sheet
- One photo-etched fret
- Molded in white plastic
- Includes display stand
- One-piece upper and lower hulls
Illustrated instructions and paint guide
*Cyanoacrylate glue is required for photo-etched parts*