BAE TO LAND £7BN US JET DEAL
A BAE Systems Typhoon jet
Monday July 9,2012
BRITAIN’S biggest defence engineer BAE Systems is set to land a £7billion deal to supply the US Air Force with a new fleet of jet aircraft.
Senior figures within BAE believe it is well positioned to win the contract for 350 new training planes when the USAF awards it in early 2014.
BAE believes its Hawk jet, used by the Red Arrows, is a strong contender as the USAF, subject to strict budgetary cuts, is not looking for a brand new model.
A BAE spokesperson said: “The United States Air Force needs to replace their ageing training aircraft and Hawk is best placed to meet their needs.”
BAE is also thought to be considering closing its historic dockyard in Govan, Glasgow as part of its shipbuilding business review.
BAE, also tipped to shut its Portsmouth dockyard as it suffers a cut in naval orders, said: “We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Defence to explore all possible options.”