The UK Royal Navy will launch its biggest nuclear submarine, HMS Ambush, worth £1.2bn, at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on 16 December.

The 291ft-long HMS Ambush has a displacement capacity of 7,400t and its nuclear-powered engine can propel it to cruise at a speed of 20kt whilst accommodating a crew of 98.

HMS Ambush is armed with 38 missiles, a mix of Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes, to target enemy ships and submarines more than 1,600km away.

The nuclear submarine has a huge nuclear reactor, does not require refuelling and can circumnavigate the globe without surfacing.

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The submarine is also fitted with the most advanced sonar and radar, capable of detecting enemy ships from a distance of 3,000nm.

The vessel will be sent for further outfitting, testing and trials after the launch, according to the Press Trust of India.