May 3, 2009
BAE Systems PLC is closing three factories in Britain with the loss of 500 jobs following a drop in its work for the British government, the defense contractor said Thursday. The affected plants, all part of BAE's Global Combat Systems Vehicles and Weapons businesses, are in the English cities of Telford, Leeds and Guildford. The move followed a decision by the Ministry of Defense to postpone a utility vehicle contract, and a reduction in work supporting British Army operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, BAE said. BAE said the factory closures were part of an effort to make operations more efficient. Apr 29, 2009
The UK Ministry of Defence has contracted BAE Systems to maintain its Harrier GR7/9 ground attack aircraft for the next nine years, but programme officials say the bulk of the fleet could fly until 2022 without major additional work. Worth [pounds sterling]574 million (USD850 million), the Harrier Platform Availability Contract will deliver "depth" maintenance and technical support services for the short take-off and vertical landing type at Royal Air Force base Cottesmore in Rutland. Building on previous partnering agreements on the Harrier, the deal is expected to save at least [pounds sterling]70 million by the aircraft's planned out-of-service date in 2018. Apr 27, 2009
With the British armed forces' first Lynx Wildcat utility helicopter to make its debut flight on 13 November, AgustaWestland is looking to secure its first export sale for the newly rebranded AW159. Formerly referred to as the Future Lynx, the new aircraft will be delivered to the British Army and Royal Navy between March 2012 and 2016 under a combined production deal for 34 and 28 helicopters each. Apr 27, 2009
Despite the absence of renewed government funding, industry will start work planned for the second phase of the UK's...