Atomic Weapons Establishment

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The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of warheads for the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons. It is the successor to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE) with its main site on the former RAF base at Aldermaston and has major facilities at Burghfield, Blacknest and RNAD Coulport.

AWE plc, responsible for the day-to-day operations of AWE, is owned by a consortium of Jacobs Engineering Group, Lockheed Martin UK and Serco through AWE Management Ltd, which holds a 25‑year contract (until March 2025) to operate AWE. All the sites are owned by the Government of the United Kingdom which has a golden share in AWE plc.[1]

AWE at Aldermaston is the final destination for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's annual march from Trafalgar Square in London, the first of which took place in 1958.[2]


Event Participated in

Toxic Dagger20 February 201812 March 2018Salisbury
The largest chemical warfare exercise in the UK, coinciding with the Skripal Affair. Held February 2018.


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