Maritime patrol aircraft order helps manufacturer
A SUNBURY-based company will be manufacturing components for nine new aircraft that will be built for the Royal Air Force.
The Ministry of Defence this week confirmed a deal to purchase nine Boeing manufactured P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, that will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
The aircraft will help protect the UK’s nuclear deterrent and two new aircraft carriers, as well as locate and track hostile submarines.
The emergency power supply on the aircraft is manufactured by Page Aerospace, based in Forge Lane.
Tony Douglas, chief executive of the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, said: “The P-8A is based on the Boeing 737, which is already supplied by UK industry, supporting several hundred direct UK jobs.
“What is more, manufacturers in the UK also already provide specialist sub-sys- tems for the P-8A itself.”
He added: “Companies include Marshall for the auxiliary fuel tanks, Martin Baker for the crew seats and General Electric for weapon pylons. The order of P-8As is also set to create opportunities for the UK to bid for training and support contracts.”
US Navy crew members on board a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.