Mark Menzies urges new Minister to continue Typhoon support on visit to BAE Warton

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Mark Menzies MP has urged the Ministry of Defence to continue its unwavering support for British-built aircraft during a Ministerial visit to Lancashire.

Mr Menzies welcomed the new Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriet Baldwin MP, to BAE Systems in Warton where he showed her around the state-of-the-art hangers where the world’s most advanced combat aircraft – the Eurofighter Typhoon – is assembled.

Following the visit, Mr Menzies said: “Typhoon is one of the true success stories of the British aerospace industry. It has performed admirably in various theatres for the RAF and has been one of our most successful export products.

“Meanwhile, some of the finest engineers in the world are based in Warton and are currently working on new innovations, including unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) and soon Typhoon’s replacement.

“It is vital our Government continues to support our aerospace industry which provides thousands of jobs for people across Lancashire and the UK.

“While it may be tempting, during times of economic uncertainty, to buy cheaper off-the-shelf equipment from the United States, it is imperative we continue to back our home-grown talent and technologies.

“As a Minister who is new to her role, it was a pleasure to show Harriett Baldwin the workmanship which these engineers put into our aircraft and she was suitably impressed with the set-up at Warton.

“I spent a great deal of time talking up BAE Systems to her predecessor, Philip Dunne MP, and I am sure I will spend just as much time in Harriett’s office.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP with Harriet Baldwin MP in the Typhoon production hanger at BAE Systems, Warton

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