Some 33 high-skilled jobs have been secured at Crawley’s Thales UK site after the company signed a £600m contract with the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday (May 28).
The company employs about 7,500 people at its base in Manor Royal amounting to a third of its UK workforce. The ten-year contract for the Government’s Sensor Support Optimisation Project (SSOP) will provide ‘eyes and ears’ support to the Royal Navy’s submarine and ships fleet.
This new contract follows the success of a partnership started in 2003. It will secure 230 jobs across the country, including 33 in Crawley, as well as 300 jobs elsewhere in the UK supply chain.
Chief executive of Thales UK Victor Chavez said: “I’m particularly proud of the SSOP not only because in these challenging financial times the contract secures high-skilled jobs for 230 people, but I’m also proud because the contract builds on a decade long record of achievement for Thales providing critical support.
“These systems are hugely important for the UK to keep a leading edge in military organisation, providing the navy with specialist support whenever and wherever they need it. It’s the eyes and ears of the fleet.”
Minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne MP came to Crawley for the signing, which saves the MoD £140m over a decade.
He said: “This is good news for the MoD and UK industry. Not only will it secure a number of jobs across the UK whilst delivering savings, but will also provide essential support for the combat equipment that helps give the Royal Navy’s fleet of ships and submarines a vital technological edge wherever they are based in the world.”