New RAF aircraft order a welcome boost for economy

Gavin Strang MP has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that Britain is to sign up to a third order, Tranche 3, of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Gavin Strang said today:

‘This plane is at the heart of Britain’s aerospace industries.   Thousands of jobs are dependent on its development, at Rolls Royce, BAE SYSTEMS and SELEX.

‘It is great news for SELEX in Edinburgh, where we have around two thousand jobs.   Their future has now been guaranteed for years to come.

‘With the go-ahead for this improved version of the Typhoon, the company will be able to proceed with its research and development work.   SELEX is developing the AESA radar system which will make the Typhoon a world-beater in international markets.

‘This decision will provide a valuable boost to our economy.   More skilled engineering jobs are vital to this country’s industrial future.   The jobs at SELEX, and its supplier companies, are especially vital to the future of Edinburgh because of the current downturn in our financial sector.

‘Sixteen of the advanced Tranche 3 planes will go to the RAF, more will be exported.   All the airforces which have flown the Typhoon rate it highly.   With the new scan radar the plane has the potential to bring substantial future jobs to this country’s aerospace industries.

‘I am confident that the deal will be signed up quickly, ending the speculation of recent weeks.   With our partner nations, Germany, Italy and Spain, Britain can now move forward with the development and manufacture of this military plane, which has the potential to be successful in export markets.’