American Corporations Own UK Nuclear Deterrant Answered
The (British) government has sold its last remaining shares in the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire to an American company.
The fee paid by California-based Jacobs Engineering has not been disclosed.
The sale of British Nuclear Fuels' stake means Jacobs has control of one third of Aldermaston's operating company, AWE Management.
The other two thirds were already in private hands. They are split equally between American defence giant Lockheed Martin and the British plc Serco.
Aldermaston is responsible for the production of warheads for the Trident nuclear deterrent programme and its planned replacement.
Some opposition politicians claim that US control of UK weapon production breaks the "no technology sharing" conditions of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.