As part of a $6 billion deal with Boeing, the British Defense Ministry will purchase nine surveillance planes and fifty attack helicopters from the American manufacturing corporation. To improve the U.K.’s defense strategy, Britain had committed to purchasing nine P-SA jets intended for sea patrols and hunting submarines that actively search to find enemy submarines.
This is a result of the continuation of suspicious activity from foreign vessels. In recent years, the Britain Defense Ministry has been forced to ask its allies to provide sea-monitoring planes to prevent any attacks on the U.K.’s hunt submarines and help provide safety for its coast.
Despite a decrease in demand for Boeing’s combat jets, the company has become confident in its ability to provide the military with modified jetliners to keep sales figures from dwindling further. So far, the U.K. has joined India and Australia in purchasing modified P-SA jets, which are designed from Boeing’s 737 passenger jet- one of the company’s bestselling aircrafts.
The recent disintegration of the European Union has left many with uncertainty over European investments. In spite of this event, the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, assures that the U.K. is a place worth investing in. In an effort to accomplish this, the U.K. will work with Boeing in establishing programs to build an operational support and training base for the P-SA jets at RAF Lossiemouth. This will help ensure that U.K. does not lose its place in leading the world in civil and defense aerospace.
The total cost for the surveillance planes will cost an estimated $3.9 billion over the course of the next ten years, and the government to government sale has already been approved by the U.S. State Department.
The second part of the deal with Boeing involves 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters valued at $2.3 billion. According to Nick Carter, the Chief of the General Staff, these will provide the capable offense the British Army needs.
In an effort to bring down the controversy surrounding these non-U.K. purchases, Michael Fallon stated the intent of having these aircrafts maintained in the U.K. with U.K. companies that will include Leonardo-Finnmeccanica SpA. This will provide the British industry with long-term work to support its economy.
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