Typhoon puts £10m into Lancashire supply chain

Eurofighter Typhoon, one of the world's most advanced fighter aircraft, spent £9.6m with supply chain companies from the red rose county in 2013.

BAE TyphoonThe figures have been published by BAE Systems, which carries out manufacture of the major units supplied by the UK at its site in Samlesbury, with final assembly and flight-testing of the jets carried out at its facility in Warton. The two sites combined employ around 11,000.

The regional supply chain includes Thyssenkrup Aerospace of Bamber Bridge, which supplies specialist heat treatments, composite metals specialists Kaman Composites of Darwen, ATG (2000) of Blackburn, Gardner Aerospace and Hycrome Europe of Burnley, Pennine Tools of Barnoldswick and Hurst Green Plastics of Whalley.

Total spend for the project in the UK topped £650m last year.

Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems Military Air and Information (MAI) business, said the figures underlined the importance of the Typhoon programme to the UK economy as well as supplying cutting-edge technology to the nation’s armed forces.

He said: “When we see one of the RAF’s elite pilots take to the air in a Typhoon, it is the collective achievement of thousands of people across the country whose day-to-day jobs make it happen.

“From Leith in Scotland to Christchurch on the South Coast and Cambridge in the east right out to Tewkesbury in the South West, the programme is supporting highly-skilled people which make our supply chain tick.” Dr David Bailey, director of operations at the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) added: “The Eurofighter Typhoon Programme is a leading example of the North West of England’s world-class capability in the aerospace sector, supporting many thousands of jobs in both BAE Systems and the Supply Chain and contributes significantly to the economy.”