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MoD spend benefits UK suppliers


UK sub-contractors are set to benefit from the MOD’s selection of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG as preferred bidder for 5,000 cargo, tanker and recovery support trucks worth £1.1 billion

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Warship productivity up with modern methods


VT Group’s new shipyard at Portsmouth is achieving 20 per cent productivity gains as compared to the previous Woolston, Southampton yard, reports the company in preliminary results to 31 March 2004

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‘Sectorism’ and clusters


Aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive, all are identifiable sectors and all have their respective representative bodies around which the sector companies, often located in clusters, can rally and on whose behalf ...

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US defence giant to swallow up Challenger tank maker


US defence company General Dynamics (GD) is offering £309 million for the UK’s Challenger tank maker, Alvis. The proposed acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company, but regulatory approval ...

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A380 landing gear


Messier-Dowty, Bidos, France has delivered the first test A380 nose landing gear to Airbus UK, Filton. At 4.8 m tall when fully extended, it is the largest landing gear ever supplied by Messier-Dowty to Airbus

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Military precision


Highly accurate machining technology developed at BAE Systems, Samlesbury is key to the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth characteristics. Opened in September, although not in operation until this month, it ...

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Ship-shape production


Shipbuilding has been modularised and productionised for the Type 45 Destroyer. VTS’ new £50 million Portsmouth facility where development began in February 2002, is one of the most advanced naval shipbuilding yards in ...

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Military satellite order to support 1900 UK jobs


The British-based Paradigm consortium has been awarded a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for a military satellite programme that will create or sustain some 1900 jobs across the UK. Defence Procurement ...

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Type 45 Destroyer spurs bearing innovation


The radar housing on the Royal navy’s new Type 45 Destroyer’s will rotate on Timken bearings. The radar – Samson – rotates at 30 revs/min on an innovative bearing setup which US-based The Timken Company assisted in ...

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Carriers take another step closer to production


Contracts totalling around £50 million in value have been placed with BAE Systems and Thales UK to complete the Assessment Phase (AP3) of the Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) project. AP3 sets out to increase design ...