Government unveils big boost for British aerospace

Britain's aerospace industry received a boost today as the Government unveiled a contract to build a flight simulator for the Airbus A400M and further investment in aerospace engineering degrees.

An Airbus A400M Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Ministry of Defence has ordered the simulator, which will be located at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, to support its transition from C-130 Hercules jets to A400Ms.

Thales Training and Simulation in Crawley, West Sussex won the contract to build the simulator, which will help sustain 50 high-tech UK jobs and skills.

The Government also announced it a £500 million investment in 500 degree-level places in aerospace engineering over the next three years.