Scotland’s Central Role in UK Defence has been Re-affirmed by Defence Ministers
Earlier this week, Defence Ministers Tobias Ellwood and Stuart Andrew visited some of the UK’s most important military bases while they toured Scotland.
Recent investments into the defence sector could lead to lucrative opportunities for Scottish suppliers that are looking for Ministry of Defence tenders.
Investment in the defence sector
Earlier this year, £132 million was invested into RAF Lossiemouth to accommodate the arrival of the nine new P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The new Lossiemouth site will be completed by 2020. Mr Andrew implied that the investment could produce Ministry of Defence tenders for Scottish suppliers.
He also mentioned that:
“We invest £1.6 billion every year in the Scottish economy, supporting thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses, as our industry partners pioneer world-leading technology to ensure our forces remain a step ahead of our adversaries.”
Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew acknowledged the importance of BAE Systems being chosen by the Australian government to build cutting-edge Type 26 warfare frigates. According to BAE Systems, this programme will create 1,700 jobs in Scotland and safeguard a further 4,00 jobs across the whole of the UK.
Stuart Andrew said:
“From the Scottish shipyards building our cutting-edge new Type 26 Royal Navy fleet, to our brave servicemen and women tirelessly working to protect our national security, Scotland is crucial to defence.”
Winning Ministry of Defence tenders
This was the Minister for Defence Procurement’s first visit to Scotland, and when leaving he commented that he was “extremely proud of the work going on in every corner of the nation”.
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