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£25m weapon contract to secure defence jobs

Typhoon aircraft will carry the weapon Credit: PA

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a new £25m contract for more laser-guided bombs, in a move set to secure around 150 jobs in Essex.

The additional Paveway IV bombs will be carried by Tornado jets in Afghanistan, and are also due to be carried by new Typhoon and Lightning II aircraft.

The MoD announced a new £25m contract for more Paveway IV bombs from Raytheon UK, securing hundreds of jobs.

It will sustain around 450 jobs at the firm's UK plants - 300 in Glenrothes, Scotland, responsible for the Guidance Control Section of the weapon, and 150 in Harlow, Essex.