BAE £2.5bn Hawks contract will sustain Brough until 2016 but is 'too late' for 120 jobs
DEFENCE giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman.
However, despite a contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft, the deal is not expected to save the 120 redundancies in the New Year.
Roy Cartwright, works convenor at BAE Brough, said: "It is great for the company and those who survive the cuts, but it won't have an impact on the redundancies in the New Year.
"This is the second order of Hawk since the redundancies were announced.
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"It may give the survivors in Brough another year's work."
The aircraft will be built in the UK and the firm says it will help sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across the sites in Brough, Warton in Lancashire, Samlesbury in Lancashire. Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.
Guy Griffiths, group managing director for BAE Systems' International business, said: "Receiving this contract is an honour and is excellent news for both BAE Systems and the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium.
"BAE Systems has a long history of working in Oman and we are delighted this contract will enable us to continue to work together."
Goole MP Andrew Percy welcomed the deal and said he had been informed it would sustain activity at the plant until 2016.