BAE to create 100 jobs as Tempest fighter jet project takes off

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Mar 2019

Around 100 engineering roles are expected to be created at BAE in Brough by 2020, the aerospace firm has announced.

BAE is one of the key partners in Team Tempest – a project which aims to ensure the UK remains a global leader in future air combat.

The Tempest fighter jet is expected to replace the existing Eurofighter Typhoon in 2035, and can be flown either with pilots or as a drone.

The Tempest project will be at the centre of BAE’s recruitment drive in Brough, with engineers needed to support its development.

BAE has also said talks are ongoing with staff who could be affected by manufacturing redundancies later this year, with the aim of moving them into new engineering roles.

The Tempest fighter jet will replace the Typhoon in 2035 (BAE)

Speaking about the Tempest programme, Charles Woodburn, chief executive at BAE Systems, said: “The UK’s combat air capability, built by generations of committed and highly skilled people through a century long partnership between the RAF and industry, is admired the world over.

“The UK Government’s Combat Air Strategy is a powerful statement of intent to invest in next generation combat air systems.

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“We’re proud to play a key role in this important programme, with our world leading technology, capability and skills, which will contribute to the UK’s defence and prosperity for decades to come.”

BAE is working alongside the likes of Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and the RAF to form Team Tempest.

Inside the manufacturing department of BAE in Brough (Peter Harbour)

The programme aims to keep the UK at the forefront of future air combat.

The current aim is for the Tempest fighter jet to be operational by 2035.

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In Brough, up to 25 engineering roles will be created by the end of 2019. Up to 40 positions will follow in 2020.

The Tempest programme comes at an important time for BAE, as uncertainty over the future of its manufacturing department in Brough lingers.

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The aerospace company recently warned that more than 70 jobs would be lost at the East Yorkshire site by the end of the year, if a new Hawk order is not secured.

This could be followed by a further 81 in the first quarter of 2020, and another 68 by June 2020.

Read more: BAE's Brough base 'walking to cliff edge' as 230 could lose jobs in next year

The challenges facing manufacturing at BAE come as new opportunities arise in engineering.  Gavin Williamson, defence secretary, said of Tempest: “We have been a world leader in the combat air sector for a century, with an enviable array of skills and technology, and this strategy makes clear that we are determined to make sure it stays that way.

“British defence industry is a huge contributor to UK prosperity, creating thousands of jobs in a thriving advanced manufacturing sector, and generating a UK sovereign capability that is the best in the world."

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