Jobs secured after MoD agrees new bomb deal

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JOBS at an engineering firm in Portsmouth have been safeguarded for the future thanks to a £60m MoD deal.

Portsmouth Aviation will benefit from the deal to supply extra RAF precision weapons for Typhoon aircraft.

Paveway IV is among the most advanced precision bombs in the world and was used during the 2011 air campaign over Libya.

The contract has been awarded to Raytheon UK and will sustain around 450 jobs in advanced weapons manufacturing at its plants in Glenrothes, Scotland and Harlow, Essex, as well as at Portsmouth Aviation and Thales in Basingstoke, which are subcontractors.

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff, said: ‘The Paveway IV bomb has been proven in combat in Afghanistan, where it continues to equip RAF Tornados, and in operations in support of the UN over Libya.

‘It is a highly sophisticated weapon and this contract will both boost the MoD’s weapon stocks and support the employment of hundreds of skilled staff at plants across the UK who are working on this project.’