Fylde MP welcomes Kuwait Typhoon deal

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed an agreement with the Kuwait government to buy 28 Typhoon aircraft, protecting thousands of aerospace jobs in Lancashire.

The Member of Parliament was speaking after the Gulf State became the eighth country in the world, and third in the Middle East, to invest in the multi-role combat aircraft.

The final agreement was signed off this week and it is hoped the move will further strengthen the relationship between Kuwait and the UK governments.

Mr Menzies said: “This is great news for BAE Systems workers in Fylde, and for Typhoon.

“This significant order will sustain the aircraft production line and ensure ongoing momentum for further efforts to export the aircraft to other nations, especially in the Middle East.

“The Typhoon programme currently supports around 5,500 jobs at BAE Systems in the North West, where parts of the Typhoon are manufactured and assembled at Warton and Samlesbury, as well as many thousands of jobs across the wider supply chain throughout the UK.

“This agreement is further recognition of the capability of the Typhoon, which outperforms similar aircraft through a whole range of aerial operations, as well as its potential to stay at the forefront for many years.

“The success of the programme is vital to the wider Fylde economy and I will always do all I can to ensure Government support for ongoing sales.”

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