Mar­itime pa­trol air­craft or­der helps man­u­fac­turer

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

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.”

Eric A. Pas­tor/ US Navy.

US Navy crew mem­bers on board a P-8A Po­sei­don Mar­itime Pa­trol Air­craft.

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