BAE Systems flying high after £72m boost

SKILLS: BAE Systems experts at work on the Eurofighter Typhoon
SKILLS: BAE Systems experts at work on the Eurofighter Typhoon
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Upgrade work on the Eurofighter Typhoon warplane will be worth £72m to BAE Systems in Lancashire, it has been revealed.

That will be the company’s share of a £165m contract to deliver further enhancements to the aircraft which has been signed in Abu Dhabi.

The news has been welcomed by bosses at BAE factories in the county.

Two hundred highly-skilled engineering jobs will be sustained by the deal – the third part of an enhancement programme for the jet.

The company, which has plants at Warton and Samlesbury, is responsible for integration work on the MBDA Brimstone 2 precision missile.

Martin Taylor, Combat Air Managing Director for BAE Systems, said: “By any measure, the number of capability enhancements put in place for Typhoon in the past 12 months has been phenomenal, with Meteor, Storm Shadow, Captor E-scan radar and now Brimstone.

“The Phase 3 Enhancements Package (P3E) represents another exciting chapter in the development journey for Typhoon.”

Last week BAE Systems announced a fall in annual sales from £18.2bn to £16.6bn – but a strong back order book.

And just days earlier it
announced a five-year contract worth £18.5 million to provide ground support equipment, spares, and training for the Lancashire-built Hawk jet trainer in India.

The latest contract was signed at the 2015 International Defence Exhibition and Conference which showcases the latest technology in the defence industry throughout this week in the United Arab Emirates.

P3E will see the aircraft receive upgrades including improvements to the maintenance and mission systems.

The announcement follows a successful feasibility study and a trial installation commissioned by the Ministry of Defence and carried out by BAE Systems last year.

This latest upgrade, with the integration of the Brimstone 2, opens up the air-to-surface capability of the aircraft even further to cope with a wide variety of targets, including fast moving vehicles.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans welcomed the announcement.