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MINISTER VISITS LEADING DEFENCE SUPPLIER

baesystemsvisitislandmpturnerThe Minister for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne MP last week visited BAE Systems in Cowes, learning about the ground-breaking radar systems produced there and ongoing developments that could be of strategic importance in the defence of the United Kingdom. 

The Minister had a tour of the site on Newport Road and a wide ranging discussion on how BAE radar systems, designed, developed and produced on the Isle of Wight could not only support our own armed forces, but also how sales to other countries contributes to the nation’s export figures.

Speaking after the visit the Minister said:

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“I was delighted to join Andrew Turner, the Island’s MP, for a morning with BAE Systems.  They are the largest contractor to the Ministry of Defence and work in supplying radar to armed forces at the cutting edge of technology.  It was good to meet many of their 250 staff, to thank them for their work in helping to keep our country safe.”

A spokesperson, on behalf of BAE Systems, welcomed his visit:

“BAE Systems was pleased to host Philip Dunne, the Minister of State for Defence Procurement, along with the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, at its Cowes site.   With the visit taking place whilst the Government is undertaking a five yearly Strategic Defence and Security Review, it provided a timely opportunity for the Minister to gain an understanding of the business’ capability.  He demonstrated a keen interest in the technology at the site and commented on the passion shown by all whom he met.”

Mr Turner added:

“A visit to BAE Systems is always fascinating so it was no surprise that the Minister extended the time he was due to spend there.  The Strategic Defence and Security Review will be published later this year and will determine MoD spending and priorities for the years ahead.  It will judge the threats we face; what is needed to deal with them; and how to resource those needs. There are real opportunities for new orders for the products produced on the Island, which would be great for jobs and our economy, so I am delighted the visit went so well.”

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