Defence spending boost for BAE staff

A Typhoon aircraft
A Typhoon aircraft
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BAE Systems workers have been given a boost under defence spending announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.

He has announced a £1.1 billion cash injection for defence “to help keep our country safe and stop terrorism at source”.

On a visit to the opening day of the Farnborough air show Mr Cameron said: “There are threats that you cannot defend against from the White Cliffs of Dover.”

The funding pot includes an extra £800 million of investment in an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package.

A further £300 million will be used for existing programmes, including unmanned aircraft – with which BAE Systems is involved – and next generation radars for Warton-built Typhoon combat jets.

A BAE Systems spokesman said: “We welcome the announcement made by the Prime Minister this morning with respect to confirming the UK Government’s commitment to the installation of E-scan radar onto Typhoon.

“We look forward to working with the UK MoD on further developing the capability of Typhoon to ensure that it is equipped to meet the challenges of the coming decade.”

Mr Cameron had been due to see the new F-35 fighter aircraft at Farnborough – but embarrassingly it had still not been given clearance to fly by the Americans following an engine fire in Florida last month.

The jet was also unable to appear when the Queen named the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, and at a military tattoo at RAF Fairford last week.

Sections of the Lockheed Martin F-35 are built at Warton.