The decade long agreement seeks to reinvest £500 million into new capabilities for Typhoon.
Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems Military Air and Information, said:
“Combining support arrangements into one programme will help to increase reliability and availability of the fleet, whilst making it cheaper to support. The efficiency savings generated will enable new capabilities to be developed for the Typhoon fleet.”
Minister for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne said:
“This is an exciting, innovative support contract for our Typhoon aircraft. It will not only provide more efficient support and availability for our Typhoon fleet. But it will also help ensure Typhoon continues to meet the RAF’s future operational requirements, including from 2019 undertaking the air-to-ground roles currently performed by our Tornado jets.
This major contract sustains hundreds of jobs while representing a substantial change in the way support is provided, optimising and driving efficiency into current ways of working.”
According to an MoD press release, the deal aims to deliver “more than a third on savings on current support and maintenance costs; of which over £500M million could be reinvested to continue upgrading Typhoon’s capabilities”.
Chief Executive Officer at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Tony Douglas, said:
“This 10-year Typhoon support arrangement is the product of close cooperation between MOD and Industry, who are both focussed on maximising efficiencies to identify savings and re-invest these in the aircraft.
This innovative deal not only shows how committed we are to providing state-of-the-art equipment for our Armed Forces, but how we are also providing the taxpayer with value for money.”
The Typhoon force is currently operationally based at RAF Coningsby, RAF Lossiemouth and the Falkland Islands, where the aircraft provide Quick Reaction Alert.