Job security hope in jet contract deal

Typhoon parts are manufactured at BAE's Warton site.
Typhoon parts are manufactured at BAE's Warton site.
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A new contract which will pave the way for improvements to the Eurofighter Typhoon could help secure jobs at BAE’s site in Warton.

The package, known as Evolution Package 2, has been announced by the four-nation consortium which builds the fighter jet and will see major improvements including to its radar, flight control systems and systems for the aircraft to evade attack.

Parts are manufactured and final assembly work carried out on Typhoon at BAE Systems’ facilities at Warton and Samlesbury.

It is hoped the new contract will help secure new expert orders for the aircraft in the future – which in turn would help secure those jobs at Warton.

The deal was signed between the Eurofighter consortium’s partner companies and NETMA, an organisation representing the nations which fly Typhoon, on Wednesday at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.

The four-nation Eurofighter is made up of the Cassidian in Germany and Spain, Alenia Aermacchi/Finmeccanica in Italy and BAE Systems in the UK.

It has seven customers – Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman – with 719 aircraft under contract and a further 571 on order.

Alberto Gutierrez, chief executive officer of Eurofighter GmbH, said: “The signature of this contract represents a significant milestone for what is known as the Phase 2 Enhancement programme for the Eurofighter Typhoon. It brings with it a whole raft of enhancements designed to ensure the capability package we offer our customers is the best on offer anywhere in the world.”

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