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24 July 2014 | Will Green
The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon programme boosted UK firms in its supply chain to the tune of £690 million in 2013.
Figures released by BAE Systems revealed the biggest spend took place with electronic warfare experts Selex ES in Luton, at £215 million, followed by £150 million spent in the South West, including £65 million at engine providers Rolls-Royce.
Military Air and Information (MAI), BAE’s air sector arm, said the figures “underlined the importance of the Typhoon programme to the UK economy”.
Chris Boardman, MAI managing director, said: “When we see one of the RAF’s elite pilots take to the air in a Typhoon, it is the collective achievement of thousands of people across the country whose day-to-day jobs make it happen.
“From Leith in Scotland to Christchurch on the south coast and Cambridge in the east right out to Tewkesbury in the South West, the programme is supporting highly-skilled people which make our supply chain tick.
“We recognise the value these people bring to our business and work closely with them to help them invest in their people and technology.”
MAI, which is also behind the Hawk trainer jet and involved in the F-35 Lightning II programme, spent almost £2 billion in 2013, up 5 per cent on 2012. The bulk of this spend was with 1,746 UK supply chain companies as well as 177 firms in Europe, 102 in North America and 20 in Asia.
The Ministry of Defence has come under fire in the past for cost overruns and delays on the Eurofighter project.