29 Jan '14, 10am
£760m MOD investment in Merlin and #Apache helicopters will secure thousands of UK jobs
More than a thousand UK engineering and manufacturing jobs have been secured by a multi-million pound MoD contract to future proof two fleets of military helicopters. The £760m investment in Merlins and Apaches, announced by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, will secure highly skilled, technical posts at sites across the UK. A £430m contract will provide maintenance and support for the Army’s Apache attack helicopter, which is currently used on operations in Afghanistan, for the next five years. The additional £330m investment will see the RAF’s Merlin Mk3/3a helicopters upgraded for use by the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force. The expert work will be carried out by AgustaWestland at its sites in Yeovil, Suffolk and Hampshire, sustaining as many as 537 jobs within the company. A further 500 jobs will be protected in the supply chain at GE Aviation in Cheltenham, ...