Fylde built jet now ‘world best’

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A package of improvements to the Lancashire-built Eurofighter Typhoon has consolidated its position as the best combat aircraft in the world,a BAE Systems chief has said.

Speaking at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, Chris Boardman said there had been a wealth of upgrades in the last 12 months.

Mr Boardman, managing director of the Military Air and Information division, said a rolling programme of further improvements to the Typhoon would continue to enhance its world-beating reputation.

BAE Systems employs 11,000 people at its Military Air division, including Warton and Samlesbury.

Mr Boardman told a media briefing in Fairford that new weapons systems and a radar system had resulted in a “sea change” in the plane’s capability in the last year.

He said the cost of production had been cut, and upgrades were being carried out quicker and cheaper than five years ago. He said its air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities were being improved to meet the demands of an ever-changing world.

Mr Boardman said: “There isn’t a more capable, agile and enduring fighter than Typhoon.”

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said the Typhoon was the “workhorse” of the RAF and had proved itself time and again.

He said the Typhoon and BAE Systems were important economically, not only to Lancashire, but to the supply chain all around the country.