Prime Minister Cameron Praises Boeing for Chinook Helicopter Support Programme
LONDON, February 17, 2015 - Prime Minister David Cameron praised Boeing [NYSE: BA] today for the excellent value for money and close partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence that led to a five-year contract extension to support the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Chinook helicopters.
During a visit to the Royal Dockyards at Portsmouth, UK attended by Sir Michael Arthur, president Boeing UK and Ireland and David Pitchforth, managing director Boeing Defence UK Ltd (BDUK), the Prime Minister said “The Chinook support contract represents significant value for money for what is a very capable and versatile support helicopter, protecting UK interests at home and abroad. This will sustain 450 jobs and save the taxpayer over £150million. As part of our long term economic plan, we are making major defence investments in areas like Portsmouth and today’s announcements demonstrate our commitment to this great city and region.”
The Through Life Customer Support contract supports around 450 jobs in the UK, with more than 500 others being employed in the UK on other aspects of supporting the RAF’s fleet of Chinook aircraft, in line with the MoD’s industrial strategy to grow on-shore capability, jobs and intellectual property.
“This is a pathfinder programme for MoD-wide, performance-based contracting,” said Sir Michael Arthur. “Boeing is expanding its presence in the UK and our customers benefit from the expertise and support of the entire Boeing enterprise.”
David Pitchforth, managing director of Boeing Defence UK, added “Boeing Defence UK has delivered aircraft availability to the RAF 10 percent above requirement and has driven serviceability to an all-time high, something all of us at Boeing are very proud of. We really value the close partnership we have with MOD that has resulted in the continued success of TLCS.”
The RAF, which introduced the Chinook into service in 1980, operates the largest fleet in Europe.
Boeing spent more than £1 billion ($1.6bn) in 2013 with UK-based suppliers, directly employs more than 1,800 people and supports more than 55,700 jobs across the UK.
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