£125m contract boost for BAE Systems

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BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence have agreed a £125 million extension to the support contract provided for the RAF’s Tornado GR4 fleet until the aircraft are due to be retired in 2019.

The contract will be carried out by BAE Systems workers at RAF Marham.

PLEASED: Nigel Whitehead

PLEASED: Nigel Whitehead

But there are links back to Lancashire – the engineering support team is based at Warton and the team which runs the supply chain for the programme is based at Samlesbury.

The contract amendment builds on from the original and highly successful Availability Transformation: Tornado Aircraft Contract which initially started in 2006 and was due to expire in 2016.

The ATTAC contract provides the RAF’s front-line with a guarantee that the Tornado aircraft’s availability, capability and effectiveness will be maintained throughout its service life. Including the amendment, the overall contract value for the next 5 years is £490 million. Currently the contract sustains 600 jobs across the UK for BAE Systems.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director – Programmes and Support at BAE Systems, commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to agree terms to continue to support the RAF’s fleet of Tornado aircraft until their out of service date.

“The original ATTAC contract has proved highly successful. It’s an excellent example of partnering as it provides an agile and responsive solution to our customer’s needs.”

Under the ATTAC contract, BAE Systems is responsible for providing on and off aircraft maintenance and capability enhancements to meet future requirements of the Tornado GR4 fleet. BAE Systems supports the fleet at RAF Marham in Norfolk and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.