Cameron in fighter jet talks

Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft
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A CONSORTIUM of Fylde coast MPs are to meet with the Prime Minister to ensure the Government is doing everything in its power to fight to save the sale of BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon jets to India.

The last gasp Downing Street talks on Monday come after the Indian government revealed it is favouring an option to buy Rafale jets from French company Dassault over the UK firm’s planes.

There were hopes extra orders from the sub continent could save some of the 800 jobs being cut from the defence giant’s sites in Warton and Preston.

And Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I’m delighted the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with me and and my colleagues to discuss this important deal.

“As I’ve said on a number of occasions I feel there is still a great deal which can be done to push forward the case for Typhoon.

“Military experts tell me it is by far the best aircraft in its class thanks to the tremendous work of BAE employees in my constituency.

“I’ve been talking to senior figures at BAE, in the Government and in the industry to press the case.

“It’s clear the Prime Minister is as keen as I am to help to secure a deal and we will discuss this in greater detail on Monday.”

Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace, who will also attend the meeting, added: “Although India have given Rafale jets preferred bid status, it is vital we don’t give up.”

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