A Huddersfield firm is among Yorkshire suppliers to share of more than £12.5m of business from the team behind one of the world’s leading fighter aircraft.
The figure for 2013 was revealed by the Eurofighter Typhoon programme – the four-nation consortium behind the jet flown by the RAF and air forces across the globe.
The supply chain includes Huddersfield-based Wesco Aircraft, of Clayton West. A total of 13 companies from Yorkshire and Humber were among the nationwide supply chain which benefited from £650m of spending on the programme last year.
Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems Military Air and Information, said the figures underlined the importance of the Typhoon programme to the UK economy as well as supplying cutting-edge technology to the nation’s armed forces.
He said: “When we see one of the RAF’s elite pilots take to the air in a Typhoon, it is the collective achievement of thousands of people across the country whose day-to-day jobs make it happen.”
Wesco supplied a range of bins and kitting for the production and final assembly of Typhoon and will continue to provide spares and in-service support throughout the life of the aircraft.
Its partnership with BAE Systems extends beyond its base at Clayton West and into RAF bases across the UK and overseas where it has dedicated teams working on bases in nations including Saudi Arabia.
Customer programme manager Martin Rowland said its partnership with BAE Systems spanned many years during which it had worked with the company on a range of different aircraft.
He said: “For the Typhoon programme specifically, we have invested in co-ordinate measuring machinery and state-of-the-art inventory management systems which allow us to meet BAE Systems’ requirements.
“Through this and an investment in our people over the past 15 years, we believe we are able to deliver the right product at the right time with the best service and the highest levels of quality in the industry to our customer.”
Wesco Aircraft is one of the world’s largest distributors and providers of supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, employing more than 2,600 employees across 79 locations in 19 countries.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is built by a four-nation consortium including BAE Systems in the UK, Airbus in Germany, Spanish firm Cassidian and Alenia Aermacchi in Italy.
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