The UK MoD has awarded a £865m ($1.4bn) contract to Rolls-Royce for the development of EJ200 engines for the RAF’s advanced Typhoon jet fighter.
Under the ten-year contract, Rolls-Royce will provide maintenance and support to the Typhoon EJ200 engines that will eventually help sustain nearly 3,000 high-skill jobs.
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support Quentin Davies said this contract would ensure that Typhoon aircraft continue to meet their operational commitments as a cornerstone of the UK’s air defence capabilities.
“We are committed to building strong arrangements with UK industry, in this case to get more efficient and affordable support for our front-line Typhoon fighter force,” he said.
The RAF will use the latest Typhoon, a multirole fighter, for air and ground attack.
Based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the Typhoon aircraft will replace the Tornado F3, currently in service with the air force.
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The engine work will be performed at RAF Coningsby, the Typhoon main operating base, and at RAF Leuchars, the new Typhoon forward operating base, at the end of 2010.
Rolls-Royce will also undertake some engine work at its Ansty facility in Leicestershire and its Filton facility in Bristol.