The Department's assessment is that A400M has directly created or secured work for 8,000 people in UK, principally through Airbus, GKN, Messier Dowty and Rolls-Royce; many of which are high-skilled jobs. There is also a primary supply chain to Airbus of around 30 UK based companies. There are 900 people employed directly on A400M at Filton.
On 5 March 2010, agreement in principle on the future of the A400M programme was reached by all parties. We believe that this agreement is positive for employment and skills within the UK.