MP: £365m radar contract will secure jobs at BAE Warton

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today welcomed news that the Government had ordered state-of-the-art radar systems to be installed in Eurofighter Typhoons, helping secure highly-skilled jobs at BAE Systems in Warton.

The £365m Captor E-Scan radar contract has been agreed by the four partner Eurofighter nations and will mean the aircraft has one of the most advanced radar systems in the world, providing a wider field of regard than any other combat aircraft available on the highly-competitive export market.

Following the announcement, Mr Menzies said: “It is excellent news that this major contract for a new radar system has been formalised as it will give initial protection for vital engineering jobs in Warton.

“However, what it will also do is make the Eurofighter Typhoon a more desirable combat aircraft which should help improve sales in the international market.

“This shows that the Government is taking action to maximise the chances of selling Typhoons, which should in turn mean more work for Warton for many years to come.”

The new radar will give Eurofighter Typhoon a number of other benefits including increased detection and tracking ranges, advanced air-to-surface capability and enhanced electronic protection measures.

Martin Taylor, managing director for combat air at BAE Systems, added: “This is a major step forward in the development of Typhoon. From the outset, the aircraft was built with capability enhancement in mind and this step is proof that we are developing Typhoon to keep it relevant for today and for the future.

“Typhoon has become the backbone of a number of air forces and with the potential for further development it will be meeting the needs of modern warfare for decades to come.”

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