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£600m Ministry of Defence contract creates new jobs for Crawley site

Dozens of new jobs are to be created after a manufacturer snared a £600 million contract with the Ministry of Defence. UK ImmigrationThe ten-year contract with manufacturer Thales will provide maintenance and repair for 17 different systems across the Royal Navy fleet, including Astute, Trafalgar and Vanguard submarines as well as Type 45 warships, Type 23 frigates and Hunt and Sandown class mine hunting ships. The multimillion-pound project will create 33 jobs at the Thales site in Crawley. Philip Dunne, Minister for defence equipment, support and technology, signed the contract during a visit to Thales’ headquarters yesterday. Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, said the announcement means that Thales is providing significant ‘eyes and ears’ for the submarine fleet, as well as across the major surface of sonar and electronic warfare systems. He said: “Thales UK is a business which has a significant presence in Crawley and exists as one of the world’s largest defence electronics supplier. “Thales UK, plays a central role as part of the UK defence industry as the UK’s second largest defence electronics supplier supporting new technologies such as the Typhoon Fighter plane and the Watchkeeper system.” Mr Dunne said: “This contract is good news for the Ministry of Defence and UK industry. “Not only will it secure over 500 jobs across the UK, whilst delivering savings of £140 million to the taxpayer, it will also provide essential support for the combat equipment that helps give the Royal Navy’s fleet of shipsand submarines a vital technological edge wherever they are based in the world.” Source: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10450342.__600m_Ministry_of_Defence_contract_creates_new_jobs_for_Crawley_site/

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