BAE Systems has received a contract worth £1.3bn to help the manufacture of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the German Air Force.

Last week, the German Parliament announced its commitment for the acquisition of 38 new Eurofighter jets for the country’s airforce.

A budget of €5.5bn has been released for the contract award, which was signed earlier this week with Airbus, under the project ‘Quadriga’.

BAE Systems will be responsible for the delivery of over one-third of the components required for the new German Air Force aircraft. This includes the front fuselage and tail of the aircraft.

The final assembly of the aircraft will be carried out by Airbus in Manching, Germany.

The new jets feature the latest technology, including electronically scanning radar. They are expected to be delivered by mid-2020s.

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BAE Systems CEO Charles Woodburn said: “Germany’s decision to purchase additional Typhoons reinforces the aircraft’s position as one of the world’s most successful combat military aircraft.

“The Typhoon programme makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, generating billions of pounds through exports and supporting more than 15,000 jobs across the UK, including thousands of highly skilled roles in the north of England.”

Work will take place at BAE Systems’ Lancashire sites and is expected to commence next year continuing until the mid-2020s.

Over 5,000 employees from BAE Systems offer direct support for the Typhoon programme in the UK, which supports another 10,000 jobs in the UK economy.