£350m Typhoon engine support contract

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce worth almost £350 million to support the engines that power the UK’s fleet of Typhoon fighter jets.

The £346.7 million contract will provide maintenance support for the EJ200 engine up to 2024 as the Typhoon continues to form the backbone of the RAF’s fighter jet fleet. The jets have led the fight against ISIS this year as part of Operation Shader and undertaken Baltic Air Policing mission with NATO partners, with further NATO policing missions planned in Iceland later this year.

Rolls-Royce will repair and maintain the Typhoon engines as required by the RAF over the five-year period.

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Not only will this contract help to maintain our world-class jets, it secures 175 jobs across the UK and boosts the skills base our world-leading defence industry relies upon. Together with our multi-million-pound upgrade programme, this contract will ensure our Typhoon fleet continues to dominate the skies in the decades to come.”

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