Fylde MP backs funding for Typhoon upgrade


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed news that the Ministry of Defence has committed £1.7m funding to research the next generation of weapons system for Eurofighter Typhoon.

The aim of the common weapon launcher project is to ensure the Warton-built Typhoon continues to deliver world-leading capability for the British armed forces.

The improvements will also mean Typhoon continues to outshine competitors on the market, meaning greater numbers of export sales.

Mr Menzies said: “This funding is great news for staff at BAE Systems in Warton as it shows a commitment from the Government to continue funding projects which will improve the capability of the Typhoon aircraft.

“It also shows the Government will continue to support the excellent work carried out by engineers here in Fylde.

“I am extremely proud of having a company like BAE Systems in Fylde and am always fully supportive of funding requests for new projects which protect jobs locally.

“The technical skills of the engineers working at Warton are second to none and I am determined those highly-skilled, well-paid jobs will remain in Fylde for years to come.

“The export market for military aircraft is extremely competitive which is why it is so important Typhoon and Hawk remain at the front of the pack.”

The launcher project will bring together expertise BAE Systems and weapons manufacturers MBDA and Raytheon UK and could significantly enhance Typhoon’s weapons ability.

Each launcher could be capable of carrying up to three weapons, providing greater flexibility and persistence for the pilot

Recent enhancements in Typhoon capability include the integration of the Paveway IV Precision Guided Bomb and contracts to integrate the Captor E-Scan radar and the Dual Mode Brimstone Missile.


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP being shown a Typhoon during construction at BAE Warton

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