A “long shot” bid to win a multi-million pound order for BAE Systems in the Middle East has become dramatically more likely, said a Fylde MP.
Mark Menzies said today that Prime Minister David Cameron’s backing for the sale of Typhoons in the region has brought hope for the company in the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE is set to replace its ageing fighter planes and was expected to buy French Rafale jets. But Mr Menzies said that thanks to the visit, a partnership has been signed which could improve the chances of BAE sneaking the order for more than 60 aircraft.
He said: “We have signed a defence co-operation agreement with the UAE. It is a government to government industrial and political initiative but it has cut the odds dramatically.
“If we could secure this order it would safeguard jobs at Warton for many years.”
BAE is also hoping to pick up orders for around 16 Typhoons from Oman, another destination for the PM’s tour.
Meanwhile, BAE is looking to recruit the next generation of aviation engineers.
It is currently holding a series of road shows at county football grounds and doing te rounds of the Fylde Coast sixth form colleges to find new recruits for its apprenticeship programmes.
Those interested in apprenticeships at BAE can go tonight to Bloomfield Road between 4pm and 8pm.