BAE wins £2.5bn fighter plane deal

 

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5 billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman, helping to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK.

The contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who will visit the Middle Eastern state today.

BAE said it is an important export contract and supports its strategy to grow international markets and export business.

The aircraft will be built in the UK and will help to sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across sites in Warton, Lancashire; Samlesbury, Lancashire; and Brough, East Yorkshire.

Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.

The Omani ministry of defence becomes the seventh operator of Eurofighter Typhoon and the third export customer, after Saudi Arabia and Austria.

BAE said there is great interest in the Typhoon and Hawk aircraft.

Guy Griffiths, group managing director for BAE Systems' International business, said: "Receiving this contract is an honour and is excellent news for both BAE Systems and the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium. BAE Systems has a long history of working in Oman and we are delighted this contract will enable us to continue to work together.

"We believe that Oman has now added the most advanced fighter jet and proven training aircraft available in the world to its military portfolio.

"We look forward to working in partnership with Oman's ministry of defence, and the royal air force of Oman, to ensure this is a highly successful programme that maximises the potential of both Hawk and Typhoon."

Before his arrival in Muscat, the Prime Minister dismissed concerns about Britain selling arms in the region.

"Boosting exports is vital for economic growth and that's why I'm doing all I can to promote British business in the fastest-growing markets so they can thrive in the global race," he said.

"Every country in the world has a right to self-defence and I'm determined to put Britain's first-class defence industry at the forefront of this market, supporting 300,000 jobs across the country.

"It's testament to Britain's leading aerospace industry and the deal will safeguard thousands of jobs across the UK, not just at the BAE Systems factories in Lancashire and East Riding in Yorkshire, but at many more small businesses up and down the country that play a vital role in delivering these aircraft."

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