23/05/2012

BAE Systems To Announce £1.9bn Deal With Saudi Arabia

British defence giant BAE have announced it has signed a £1.9bn ($3bn) deal with Saudi Arabia to supply Hawk trainer jets.

Trade union Unite have now said that the news means 218 jobs at the East Yorkshire factory where the aircraft is made will now be saved.

According to a BBC correspondent negotiations over the deal had been going on "for some time".

Formal confirmation and details of the deal are expected later on Wednesday.

Ben Wallace, chair of a House of Commons group of MPs interested in Iran, said the announcement was "really good news".

The Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North said the British government had been trying for a long time to increase aerospace sales and the Saudi deal was "the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes".

He defended arms deals with Saudi Arabia, saying the country was "stable", strong and moving towards human rights reform.

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