Fighting fit

Posted on 4 Mar 2009 by The Manufacturer

BAE Systems is celebrating the award of £450 million contract from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to maintain the RAF’s fleet of Typhoon’s. The company will employ a further 150 people as a direct result.

The TAS (Typhoon Availability Service) contract also cement’s the futures of 350 existing employees, BAE said. The contract will be fulfilled at the company’s Samlesbury and Warton as well as at RAF Coningsby where BAE will post some of its own staff.

Chris Boardman, managing director of Typhoon Mission Support & International Programmes at BAE said: “Signature of the TAS contract is the culmination of 18 months intense work by a joint BAE Systems/UK MOD team. Through-life support is a potential area of growth for BAE Systems and we are already looking to accelerate the deployment of this capability and expertise across our global business.”

BAE’s sales exceeded £18.5 billion in 2008, up from around £17 billion the previous year.