Agusta Westland celebrates mega deal

Norway has agreed to buy 16 search and rescue helicopters from the Somerset company AgustaWestland for more than £1 billion.

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Security for Yeovil factory

AgustaWestland has won a £1billion helicopter supply contact with the Norwegian government which will safeguard more than 3,000 jobs in Somerset.

The company will supply 16 AW101 helicopters plus support and training.

The helicopters will be assembled at its Yeovil facility.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was there today for the announcement:-

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3,000 jobs protected at AgustaWestland

Yeovil company AgustaWestland has signed a £1 billion deal with Norway to supply 16 Search and Rescue helicopters.

The AW101s will be delivered from 2017 through to 2020.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable says it's great news for British aerospace and helps protect 3,000 jobs. All the aircraft will be built in Yeovil.

Vince Cable meets apprentices at AugustaWestland ahead of announcing the deal