Defence Secretary announces two new contracts worth £120 million

Michael Fallon has announced a £120 million investment in UK air power.

Speaking at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), Fallon announced the two new deals which will create 330 British jobs and help the RAF to continue performing at its best by improving training for fast jet pilots and ensuring the Hercules C-130J can continue to support the UK around the world.

The first contract is worth £110 million and will replace the centre wing box for RAF’s Hercules C-130J aircraft, adding over 5,100 UK jobs Marshall already support in the region. It is a collaboration with British company Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.

The second contract is worth £9.5 million and will provide training for Typhoon pilots at RAF Waddington to prepare them for front line combat. It has been signed with QinetiQ.

The Defence Secretary said: “These contracts demonstrate our commitment to supporting the UK’s air power, through maintaining battle proven aircraft and training the next generation of fast jet pilots.

“This substantial investment will ensure our Air Force can continue to perform at its very best. Backed by our rising defence budget and £178 billion equipment plan, these contracts will create high skilled jobs in Britain and ensure that our Armed Forces have the best equipment and training available to keep the UK safe.”

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