Prime Minister announces 250 new jobs for Wales

The jobs will be part of a £390m contract servicing military tanks, following the Prime Minister's pledge to bring manufacturing work to Wales.

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Cameron uses Royal Welsh trip to announce jobs boost

Prime Minister David Cameron used his visit to the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd to make two announcements aiming to boost Welsh manufacturing.

That included highly skilled new jobs for Merthyr Tydfil as part of a multi-million pound deal with the defence company General Dynamics to assemble and service armoured vehicles.

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So what is the SCOUT SV?

We get beneath the skin of the army's latest Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV).

Pre-production prototype. Credit: General Dynamics

General Dynamics describes SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SCOUT SV) as a step change in the armoured fighting vehicle capability being delivered to the Army.

The programme has six variants:

  • Scout Reconnaissance
  • Protected Mobility Reconnaissance Support (PMRS)
  • Command and Control
  • Engineering Reconnaissance
  • Repair
  • Recovery.

The company says each variant will be based on a common platform which will be a highly-agile, tracked, medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle.

Pre-production prototype. Credit: General Dynamics

General Dynamics says each variant will have acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture and a high performance power pack.

The company was awarded £3.5 billion to deliver 589 SCOUT SV platforms to the British Army on 3 September 2014.


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