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January 24, 2015
BAE Systems support contract for Typhoon fighters extended
London (UPI) Jan 21, 2015
BAE Systems personnel will continue to help provide in-service support for the fleet of Typhoon fighters flown by Britain's Royal Air Force. The extension of the company's Typhoon Availability Service contract is for 15 months and carries a value of about $162.2 million. "This agreement is a continuation of a strong partnership with the Ministry of Defense and RAF to support its Typhoon fleet," said Nigel Davey, BAE Systems director for Military Air Support. "Over the past six years we ... read more

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