Jobs secured in £1.6bn defence deal

The Hawk advanced jet trainer

The Hawk advanced jet trainer

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DEFENCE workers are celebrating after landing a £1.6bn deal with Saudi Arabia.

BAE Systems has signed the deal with the Saudi Government to support the future aircrew training requirements of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

The order includes 22 Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft, aircraft simulators, training aids and aircraft on which to train aircrew.

The deal will sustain around 250 jobs in Lancashire, and there are potential mitigation opportunities for employees currently based at Brough to transfer to Samlesbury and Warton.

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Guy Griffiths, group managing director international at BAE Systems, said: “Through the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, the trainee fast jet pilots will have access to the very latest in advanced simulation for radar, weapons and defensive aids training to enable a smooth transition to front line aircraft, including Typhoon.”

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