Fylde aerospace boost as Typhoon is backed

BAE Systems' Typhoon and Taranis planes. (s)
BAE Systems' Typhoon and Taranis planes. (s)
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Aerospace workers in Warton have been given a boost after the Government promised continued investment in expanding the Eurofighter Typhoon capabilities and an extension of the aircraft’s expected RAF service life.

The UK is also to work with France to develop an unmanned combat air systems programme.

And Prime Minister David Cameron last night announced the accelerated procurement of F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the UK.

BAE Systems is a major partner on the international F-35 programme, making parts of the plane at Samlesbury.

The news comes just weeks after BAE Systems announced it was scaling down production of the Typhoon in Lancashire and cutting up to 371 jobs.

BAE Systems is already involved in developing unmanned aircraft and has designed and installed major improvements in radar and weapons systems on the Typhoon.

Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems plc said: “Today’s announcement provides clarity on the UK Government’s strategic priorities and provides continuity and stability for our business.

“An increased budget for defence equipment overall includes significant investments in military aerospace, maritime, cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and ongoing support for defence exports.

“Our focus will continue to be on working with our customers, industry partners and the thousands of companies in our UK supply chain to deliver leading capabilities and value for money for the UK MOD.”

BAE Systems employs around 10,000 people at its plants in Warton and Samlesbury.