BAE Systems announce £2.5bn deal with Oman

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A deal worth approximately £2.5bn has been completed between British defence manufacturer BAE Systems and Oman.

The contract, just signed in Oman during the Prime Minister’s visit, is to supply 12 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and 8 Hawk training jets.

As well as supplying aircraft, BAE Systems will provide in-service support to the Royal Air Force of Oman’s (RAFO) operational tasks.

The deal safeguards around 6,000 jobs in the UK at BAE’s two sites in Lancashire, and approximately 40,000 through the supply chain.

This follows a trip by the Prime Minister last month, when he visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on a trade mission to promote British-made defence equipment abroad.

Work will begin on the aircraft in 2014, with delivery to be completed by 2017.

Mark Menzies MP, whose constituency includes the Warton site of BAE Systems, has long championed the need for exports of the Typhoon, and has welcomed today’s announcement.

He said: “This is fantastic news for the employees at Warton and for the economy of Fylde as a whole.

“The final assembly and flight testing of both aircraft will take place at Warton, where we have a highly skilled, world-class workforce.

“I am extremely pleased the hard work by BAE Systems and this Government has secured this deal and, in doing so, has safeguarded the future of many jobs at the site.

“It is important to note all the Prime Minister has personally done for this deal, who, earlier this year took up my invitation to visit the Warton site, becoming the first Prime Minister to do so since Margaret Thatcher.

“I know he, along with everyone else involved, will continue to do all they can to ensure many more deals of this nature are completed.”

Mark Menzies MP held a Westminster Hall debate on Typhoon exports back in March of this year (a full transcript of this debate can be found at http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2012-03-07a.326.0&s=speaker%3A24804#g326.2)

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