1. ITV Report

125 new jobs created with £330m defence contract

General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited, which has three bases in South Wales, has been awarded a £330 million contract to design and develop the next-generation tactical communication and information system.

The system will installed in ARES fighting vehicles. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Archive/PA Images

It is the initial phase of the MORPHEUS programme.

The system will be used to plan, deploy, manage and monitor communications and information for the Army. The Ministry of Defence says it will allow users to integrate new radios, applications and other system components faster and with greater ease.

The contract means 125 jobs will be created and 125 more supported.

This £330 million contract for the next generation of battlefield communications, supporting 250 high skilled jobs, underlines the importance of Wales to our Armed Forces.

Backed by a rising defence budget, last year MOD spent £870 million with Welsh businesses helping to build a stronger economy and keep Britain safe.

– Michael Fallon MP, Defence Secretary

Wales is quickly establishing a strong reputation as an important hub of high skilled manufacturing.

General Dynamics UK has long been instrumental in putting Wales on the front line when it comes to supporting our country’s defence and security.

Today’s announcement is testament to this Government’s determination to strengthen every part of the United Kingdom, and are a strong indicator that Wales is open for business, open for trade, and open for investment.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary