Defence contract could save Essex jobs

A £25m pound contract for laser guided bombs could safeguard around 150 defence jobs at a manufacturing plant in Harlow in Essex.

The Ministry of Defence announced a new £25m contract for the weapons which are carried by Tornado jets in Afghanistan, and are due to be carried by new Typhoon warplanes. The bombs are made by

Raytheon UK, which has a research and development facility in the Essex town.