UK MoD announces investment in missiles systems21/04/17Defence
The UK’s secretary of state for defence, Sir Michael Fallon, has announced three new missile contracts worth a combined £539m (~€644m) for state-of-the-art Meteor, Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems.
The deal aims to ensure that the UK’s armed forces have the best equipment available to protect the new Queen Elizabeth class carriers and the extended fleet from current and future threats.
The contracts will sustain over 130 jobs with MBDA, with missile modification and service support being carried out in Stevenage, Henlow, Bristol and Bolton.
Fallon said: “This substantial investment in missile systems is vital in protecting our ships and planes from the most complex global threats as our armed forces keep the UK safe.
“Backed by our rising defence budget, these contracts will sustain high-skilled jobs across the UK and demonstrate that strong defence and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.”
The Meteor air-to-air missiles is to arm the UK’s F-35B Lightning II squadrons. It will provide the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy with a missile that can engage with targets moving at high speeds and at a very long range.
Meanwhile, the anti-air Sea Viper weapon system will ensure that the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers can continue to provide protection from air attack to the extended fleet.
Tony Douglas, chief executive officer of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the MOD’s procurement organisation, said: “Work on these cutting-edge missiles, which will help to protect the UK at home and abroad and secure jobs across the country.
“That is why, working closely with our industry partners, we continue to drive innovation and value into everything we do; securing next generation equipment for our armed forces at the best possible value for the taxpayer.”