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Multi-million pound RAF contract helps sustain 200 jobs in North Wales

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A £250m contract with the RAF will help sustain 200 jobs at a facility in North Wales.

Defence contractor Raytheon has been awarded the contract to support the RAF's intelligence gathering Shadow aircraft fleet.

The contract will support 450 jobs across the UK, including 200 at their facility in Broughton, North Wales.

The support contract will provide maintenance, airworthiness, design and supplier management services for the aircraft.

Shadow, which has been flown on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, performs intelligence-gathering operations all over the world.

Announcing the new deal, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said the move will confirm North Wales as a centre of excellence for air support.

This £250 million investment will ensure the UK retains its position as a global leader in battlefield intelligence gathering for UK troops and our NATO allies. It is also great news for the economy through the safeguarding of 450 skilled jobs across the country, including 200 in North Wales, confirming the region as a UK centre of excellence for air support.

– Stuart Andrew MP, Defence Minister