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BAE wins £2.5BN fighter plane deal

BAE Systems at Brough Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £2.5 billion deal to sell 20 aircraft to Oman, helping to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK including their site at Brough in East Yorkshire.

The contract for 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who will visit the Middle Eastern state today.

BAE said it is an important export contract and supports its strategy to grow international markets and export business.

The aircraft will be built in the UK and will help to sustain 6,000 high technology and engineering jobs across sites in in Brough and Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire.

Aircraft manufacture will begin in 2014 with delivery expected in 2017.