Helicopter-maker AgustaWestland has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts worth £760 million which will secure more than 1,000 jobs in the UK.
The aim is to future-proof two fleets of military helicopters – the Merlins and Apaches.
On a visit to the Yeovil-based company, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond told BBC Breakfast News: “This is a great news story for British engineering.
The deal includes £430 million to provide maintenance and support for the Army’s Apache attack helicopter, used on operations in Afghanistan, for the next five years.
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