BAE Systems wins lion’s share of £2.9bn contract

thousand jobs will be created through a to BAE Systems deal to build two new
aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.

UK defence giant has won the lead role in the £2.9bn contract, but the work is
to be shared with rival bidder Thales, a French company which will provide the
main design.

of the work will be carried out in the UK.

contract is expected to create about 2,000 jobs and secure a further 10,000 at
UK shipyards.

have welcomed the deal, saying it is great news for Scottish shipbuilding.

is the biggest decision that the MoD have taken in decades and is a much needed
shot in the arm for Scottish shipbuilding and the wider manufacturing
sector," said John Quigley, Scottish regional secretary for the Amicus

Morris, general secretary of the Transport & General Workers Union, said:
"This is good news for British industry and a vote of confidence by the
Government in British manufacturing.

believe our quality British workforce will deliver a quality British product.

challenge is now for BAE Systems to deliver on time and on budget."

Quentin Reade

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