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Military radio contract safeguards Oakdale jobs

The contract for military radios will safeguard jobs at the Oakdale factory.

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."