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£48m missile contract protects Belfast jobs

Mon, 16 Jun 2014
About 60 jobs in advanced weapons system design and manufacturing in Belfast will be protected by a £48m contract to design and make a new guided missile for the Royal Navy’s attack helicopters.

Defence minister Philip Dunne announced the contract today, during a visit to Thales’ factory in Belfast. About the same number of jobs again will be sustained throughout the supply chain for the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapons Light missile.

It means the navy’s new AW159 Wildcat Maritime Attack helicopters will be equipped with Thales’ Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM), capable of attacking small boats, fast attack craft and other surface targets.

Dunne said: “This contract is great news for Thales and Northern Ireland. The 60 jobs sustained represent experts in advanced weapons system design and manufacturing, and I am pleased that a similar number of jobs will be sustained throughout the programme’s supply chain.”
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