The Prime Minister has today confirmed that the UK will move ahead with its international partners with the final stages of procuring a third batch of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the Royal Air Force.
The NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) will continue
negotiations with industry with a view to getting the best possible
deal for the Partner Nations (UK, Germany, Italy and Spain).
Negotiations will address both procurement and support costs.
The Prime Minister said:
“I am pleased that we are moving forward with this important programme with our partner nations. This will strengthen Britain’s defence capability, and will create new jobs in advanced manufacturing that Britain needs to emerge stronger and fitter from this global downturn.
The Defence Secretary John Hutton said:
“We look forward to receiving an affordable bid from European industry
that will allow us to proceed with a programme that will deliver
advanced multi-role aircraft to the Royal Air Force and maintain
high-technology skills and industrial capability acrossthe UK and Europe.
“Subject to the satisfactory outcome of these negotiations, I hope
that we will be in a position to sign a contract later this year.”
The MoD will now initial the ministerial agreement which the other
partner nations (Germany, Italy and Spain) signed on 2 April 2009. This
agreement contains a statement of principles, including the need to
achieve significant through-life savings, which will underpin the next
stage of negotiations between NETMA which acts as the contracting agent
on behalf of the partner nations and industry.
The contract for the third tranche of Typhoon aircraft will be
signed once there is a satisfactory conclusion to these negotiations,
and each Partner Nation’s Approving Authority has accepted the terms of