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Unite fears over BAE deal 'snub'


Wednesday February 1st 2012

A decision by the Indian government to award a French firm preferred bidder status for a fighter-planes order ahead of a consortium including BAE Systems could have severe consequences for aerospace jobs in the UK, a union has claimed.

Although an official decision has yet to be announced, ministers in India have indicated that French company Dassault had put in a lower bid for its Rafale jets.

Defence giant BAE had hoped to carry out part assembly of some 126 Eurofighter Typhoon jets at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire for the Indian air force, and Unite has now called for talks with the firm.

Unite national officer Ian Waddell said: "We are seeking confirmation from BAE Systems that Rafale has been selected as their preferred fighter by India. The Typhoon is a superb aircraft which supports thousands of highly skilled jobs in the UK, both at BAE Systems and in the supply chain.

"We are concerned about the serious implications this decision may have and want urgent talks with the company about future plans for the workforce."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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