BAE deal supercharges UK economy as Germany orders £1.3 BILLION worth of fighter jets

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Work is set to commence in 2021 at BAE Systems’ sites in Lancashire continuing the production of Typhoon through to the mid-2020s. The production will sustain the high-value engineering roles in Northern England.

More than 5,000 BAE Systems employees will directly support the Typhoon programme in the UK.

It will boost a further 10,000 jobs in the UK economy.

Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems, said: “Germany’s decision to purchase additional Typhoons reinforces the aircraft’s position as one of the world’s most successful combat military aircraft.

“The Typhoon programme makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, generating billions of pounds through exports and supporting more than 15,000 jobs across the UK including thousands of highly skilled roles in the North of England.”

The order was awarded to BAE Systems by Eurofighter.

Eurofighter is the consortium which represents the core nations’ industrial partners including Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo.

The company is operational with seven nations including Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Austria, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Production orders are underway for Kuwait and Qatar.

The Typhoon is the most of advanced multi-rifle combat aircraft in operation, supporting European security and defence objectives.

BAE Systems will reportedly deliver more than a third of the components for each of the new aircrafts ordered by the German Air Force.

This will include the aircraft’s front fuselage and tail with the final build being undertaken by Airbus in Manching in Germany. 

It is expected the new aircraft will join the existing German Air Force Typhoon fleet from mid-2020s.

Reports said it will be equipped with the latest technology, including an advanced electronically-scanning radar.

Around £6billion of revenue comes into the UK from the combat air sector each year.

It is responsible for 87 percent of the nation’s defence exports, which a significant proportion comes from Typhoon.

Export sales of the aircrafts have already returned more than double the UK Government’s £12billion investment in the programme to the economy. 

This programme is also expected to help drive innovation as the company developed technology required for the next generation of combat aircrafts.

A press release from BAE Systems revealed engineers are already producing 3D printed components for Typhoon, including the Environmental Cooling System used to cool the next generation radar.

This order comes after BAE Systems announced the next-generation Tempest super-fighter jet which would cement Britain’s place as a leader in air combat.

BAE’s CTO Nigel Whitehead said: “This is an extremely ambitious and fantastic programme and we are making great progress with it.

“We are coming up with a highly-capable, adaptable and affordable aircraft.

“It starts with the radar, developed by Leonardo in the UK, which has 10,000 times more data capture than existing classes of radar. That is a huge advance.

“There is the amazing cockpit where everything is projected into the visor in front of you.

“The world is brought to life by augmented reality and artificial reality. It is a phenomenal experience.

“We also have a fantastic new engine concept, with much greater power density.

“This means the Tempest will go further, go faster and produce less CO2.”

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