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March 2008 edition

UK secures £3 billion contract

A contract to build aeroplanes for the US Air Force could bring £3 billion worth of work to the UK. Airbus' parent company EADS and US-based firm Northrop Grumman secured the deal to produce around 179 airborne refuelling planes over the next few years. Workers in north Wales and Bristol will play a vital role in the manufacture of these aircraft. The size of the contract, worth around £18 billion in total, should secure work for the UK industry, benefiting not only Airbus but many other UK suppliers. General Arthur J Lichte said the winning design allowed for more passengers, cargo, flexibility and dependability. Boeing's loss of the contract has sparked angry protests in the US however. Boeing is awaiting an explanation from the military before deciding whether or not to appeal.....

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