A new multimillion-pound contract for the maintenance of British troops' battlefield radios will secure 150 jobs at General Dynamics' site in Oakdale, south Wales.
The MoD has awarded a £45m maintenance contract for the armed forces' Bowman radio, a secure digital voice and data system which allows frontline soldiers to communicate with colleagues and commanders on the ground, at sea or in the air, and is said to play a vital role in Afghanistan.
Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Philip Dunne said, "General Dynamics have a proven record of delivering high-quality support services to our armed forces."
Police in Blackwood went beyond the call of duty after helping deliver a baby outside their station.
The 38-year-old mother-to-be from Maesycwmmer went into labour on a grass verge at the side of Blackwood Police Station on Thursday afternoon.
PCs Marc Powell and Helen Chapman delivered the baby girl with the assistance of other officers before the ambulance arrived to take mother and baby to hospital.
Gwent Police is appealing for information on a man they want to speak to in connection with a fire at the Poundstretcher store on Blackwood High Street in May which is being treated as arson.
Stephen John Powell is described as white, 5 ft 10 inches tall and of slim build. He has short/shaved brown hair and blue eyes. The 27-year-old is known locally in Blackwood as "Turkey" say police.
Anyone with information relating to Mr Powell's whereabouts is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 21 01/05/13.
The Poundstretcher store in Blackwood is being demolished following a blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service say the cause of the fire was bins being set alight.
Fire crews were called out at around 2 o'clock this morning.
Officers say refuse bins were on fire and this had spread to the store room at the back of the shop.
Due to safety concerns the High Street was closed and the electricity supply to a number of shops was cut. Structural engineers were called out to assess the safety of the building.
A Blackwood employee who works at the store next to PoundStretcher, which caught fire in the early hours of this morning, said crews did 'a brilliant job' in tackling the blaze.
Nicola Lambert said crews had managed to contain the flames so the fire didn't spread, but her shop had suffered some water damage following the incident.
"We'll work hard to open again," she said.
"It was a bit of a shock - it wasn't what I was expecting when I got up this morning."
VIDEO: Fire crews have been tackling a large blaze in Blackwood this morning. They were called to the scene in the early hours.
The fire service say investigators will be arriving at the scene of this morning's blaze at Blackwood's Pound Stretcher store shortly to begin an investigation into the blaze.
Crews will spend the rest of the day dampening down the building say officers.