BAE to build Hawk and Typhoon aircraft for Qatar - but this is why jobs are still not safe despite the £5bn deal
The entrance to BAE's Brough plant
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Sep 2018
BAE has confirmed a new £5bn deal to supply Hawk and Typhoon aircraft to Qatar will not save any of the 400 jobs being cut in Brough.
The aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday it would supply nine Hawk Advanced Jet aircraft – built in Brough – and 24 Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to commence in 2022, but BAE has confirmed the deal will have no impact on the hundreds of jobs which are being lost in East Yorkshire.
BAE said in a statement: “Hawk manufacturing at Brough will be extended into 2019 as a result of today’s announcement.
“The nine Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft being supplied to Qatar will also join a global fleet of more than 650 Hawks operating every day, across the world - each benefitting from a wide range of through-life support services provided by our engineers at Brough.”
When news of the deal to supply Typhoon aircraft first surfaced last December, BAE admitted there was “clear intent” from the Qatari government to add new Hawk aircraft to their order list.
BAE said at the time that, due to the Hawk deal not being completed, the order would not directly help staff in East Yorkshire.
Fast forward nine months, and a deal for the Hawk jets has now been confirmed, but a spokesman at BAE has confirmed the 400 job losses will go ahead as planned.
BAE had previously warned that, if a deal could not be reached with Qatar to supply Hawk jets, the staff redundancies could come sooner than expected .
Charles Woodburn, chief executive at BAE Systems, said: “This contract, effective today, represents a significant step in BAE Systems’ long-term relationship with the State of Qatar, as it becomes the ninth country to choose Typhoon.
“The proven combination of Typhoon and Hawk will provide the Qatari Armed Forces with the most advanced and flexible multi-role combat aircraft on the market today, along with best in class support and training.”
The company said the deal underlined BAE’s strength of offering in combat air, and was “important for the sustainability of high-value manufacturing and engineering jobs in the UK.”
BAE has endured a rocky start to 2018. Profits fell by 11 per cent to £792m in the first half of the year, as revenue also slipped to £8.2bn.
Sales at BAE fell by three per cent to £8.8bn in the first half of 2018 – a dip which the company blamed on reduced Typhoon production.
BAE said however it was confident its contract to supply Typhoons to Qatar – which has now been bolstered with the Hawk deal – would ensure the company had a strong end to the year.