South East Wales

£364m military radio contract boost for south Wales plant

Soldiers in Afghanistan using communications equipment Image copyright MOD
Image caption The contract provides design, engineering and logistic support for the radio system used by soldiers

A defence firm in south Wales has secured two new Ministry of Defence contracts in a deal worth £364m.

Engineers at General Dynamics UK in Oakdale, Caerphilly county, will maintain the specialist Bowman radio for the armed forces.

Last year, the firm secured a share of a £45m MoD deal for work, safeguarding 150 jobs.

The latest agreement secures the future of a further 140 posts.

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Media captionStephen Rowbotham from General Dynamics tells BBC Wales' Brian Meechan what the deals means

The deal provides design, engineering and logistic support for the radio system used by soldiers to communicate with colleagues on the ground, at sea or in the air.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, said Bowman radios have played a "vital role on operations, helping our personnel communicate sensitive information" for over a decade.

He added: "I am delighted that these significant contracts will protect 140 skilled engineering jobs in south Wales, allow us to deliver better for value for money for the taxpayer, and most importantly ensure personnel on operations have the secure equipment they need."

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