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The £50 million contract has gone to BAE Systems to support the British Army's armoured tracked vehicle fleet.
The 5-year contract will safeguard 100 jobs, and covers an array of design services including safety advice and elements of operational effectiveness for light, medium and heavy armoured vehicles.
It also combines a number of existing support contracts into a more efficient and effective contracting agreement, saving taxpayers’ money.
Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology visited BAE Systems Combat Vehicles facilities at Telford today.
This contract helps ensure that we sustain a battle-winning armoured vehicle fleet, as well as representing an important investment in armoured vehicles capability within the UK defence supply chain that safeguards UK engineering jobs.
It is also essential that we deliver high-quality equipment and services at the best possible value for the taxpayer and are able to meet any future capability challenges.
Major General Paul Jaques, the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Director Land Equipment, said:
Our vehicle fleet has played a vital role on recent operations and will continue to be a key part of the British Army’s capability for years to come, so agreeing this 5 year support contract with BAE Systems is great news.
This is another example of how the MOD is investing in the army’s capability and ensuring our soldiers have well supported equipment.