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Harrier Aircraft Support

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence has signed a £574 million, nine-year contract, with BAE Systems for the logistic support of the Harrier fleet until the aircraft’s out-of-service date in 2018.

The Harrier Platform Availability Contract which covers repair, maintenance, provision of spares, fleet upgrades and technical support, builds upon the existing support arrangements that have already achieved significant financial savings along with improved aircraft availability to the front line.

This important work will largely be undertaken at the Harrier fleet’s main operating base at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland and will secure the future of around 300 civilian jobs.

The Harrier GR 9 is currently deployed in Afghanistan and has provided first-class support to NATO forces. This innovative partnering arrangement with BAE Systems will enable the RAF to continue to provide excellent support on operations while allowing BAE Systems to utilise its unique expertise as the design authority for Harrier.

With its emphasis on efficiency and value for money this contract demonstrates the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to partnering UK industry in innovative ways that support our front line forces.