Armoured vehicle deal aims to secure Welsh jobs

A new defence contract worth billions of pounds will be signed in Wales on the eve of the NATO summit, securing 300 jobs in south Wales and thousands across the UK.

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New vehicles will 'change the way British Army fights'

New armoured vehicles created by defence company General Dynamics, which has its engineering hub in Blackwood, are said to 'change the way the British Army fights.'

A contract will be signed later to create 589 of the vehicles, known as 'Scouts'.

It's the biggest single order placed by the Ministry of Defence for armoured vehicles in over 30 years.

Currently on the Scout SV programme we have about 225 people who'll be growing that over time and we have a tremendously skilled workforce here, and so we have a lot of hi-tech jobs here in this facility. It's really a critically important operation to us, we're developing this next generation family of vehicles for the British Army that has tremendous capability and will change the way the British Army fights.

– Kevin Connell, General Dynamics UK

£3.5bn armoured vehicle deal will secure Welsh jobs

David Cameron says the deal is testament the engineering skills in south Wales Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire

A new defence contract worth £3.5billion will be signed in Wales today on the eve of the NATO summit. The contract for 589 armoured fighting vehicles, known as Scouts, will be signed General Dynamics' engineering hub in Blackwood.

It's the biggest single order placed by the Ministry of Defence for armoured vehicles for over 30 years and will secure 1,300 jobs across the UK, 300 in south Wales.

I'm delighted that on the eve of the NATO Summit, we can announce the biggest single contact for armoured fighting vehicles for the British Army since the 1980s. These new vehicles are testament to the world class engineering skills in south Wales and across the UK, helping to create the Army's first fully digitalised armoured vehicles.

Not only will they be crucial in helping to keep Britain safe, they will also underpin nearly 1,300 jobs across the UK and showcase the strength of the UK's highly skilled defence sector.

– David Cameron
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