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Aircraft carrier costs 'to double'

Source BBC News@

The cost of building two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy is expected to be almost twice the original estimate, the Ministry of Defence is expected to confirm this week.

In the latest budget, the MoD is set to estimate the cost of the two ships at more than £6bn.

The department says it is renegotiating the contract to avoid further significant rises.

Six years ago, when the contract was approved, costs were put at £3.65bn.

The defence project is one of the biggest ever undertaken in the UK and has been beset by construction and design delays.

A government source said it had inherited a flawed contract that was now being renegotiated to ensure industry shared the burden of any future rises.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said changes in the design ordered by the coalition government had added to the final cost.

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