10,000 British jobs supported as BAE Systems wins £500 million order for Spanish fighter jets

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The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most successful UK defence programmes, bringing export sales worth double the £12 billion invested by the UK Government, with the potential for more to come. Photo credit: BAE Systems

Thousands of UK jobs will be supported thanks a mammoth order from Spain for a new fleet of 20 fighter jets, with BAE Systems cashing in £500 million of a £1.5 billion contract. 

The announcement by Spain follows an order for 38 new Typhoons for Germany in November 2020.

Work is now underway on production of components for these aircraft at BAE Systems’ facilities in Samlesbury and Warton, Lancashire, with engineering teams supporting work on advanced new radar and sensors.

More than 5,000 BAE Systems employees directly support the Typhoon programme in the UK, supporting more than 10,000 jobs in the UK economy as a whole. 

The new order from Spain is to expand its frontline fleet with 20 new Eurofighter Typhoons and underlines the importance of the aircraft’s role as the backbone of European defence.

The announcement made at the ILA Berlin International Air Show this week will see the number of Typhoons in Europe increase to 545 aircraft, delivered or on order. 

The order will see the Eurofighter consortium deliver aircraft for the Spanish Air Force equipped with an advanced new electronically-scanning radar, ensuring it is ready to be part of  the future battlespace into the 2060s and beyond. 

BAE Systems leads the overall design, development, manufacture, upgrade and support for Typhoon aircraft in the UK.  BAE Systems is responsible for manufacturing more than a third of components for every Spanish aircraft, including the aircraft’s front fuselage and tail, under a contract worth in excess of £500 million.  

Andrea Thompson, Managing Director – Europe & International for BAE Systems’ Air sector, and Chair of the Eurofighter Supervisory Board, said:

“The Spanish Government’s commitment to purchasing additional Typhoons reinforces its position as one of the world’s most successful combat military aircraft.

“Every day we are seeing the important role which it plays in delivering air security in the skies over Europe and this investment only strengthens the international partnership which Eurofighter underpins.

“The fact that an existing Typhoon operator is committing to buying additional aircraft only reinforces their confidence in the aircraft and its performance.

“Our people will now work alongside our Eurofighter partners to ensure we provide the Spanish Air Force with the aircraft it needs to secure its skies for decades to come.”

The order from Spain maintains continuity of Typhoon production in the UK beyond the middle of the decade.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most successful UK defence programmes, bringing export sales worth double the £12 billion invested by the UK Government, with the potential for more to come.

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