Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

£1bn upgrade for armoured vehicles

David Cameron and Philip Hammond speak to a soldier from the Scots Guards
David Cameron and Philip Hammond speak to soldiers at the Lockheed Martin UK plant
The life of the Warrior armoured vehicles will be extended to 2040 with a 1 billion pound upgrade

A £1 billion upgrade of the Army's Warrior armoured vehicles has been announced.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond made the announcement during a visit to Lockheed Martin UK in Bedford.

The upgrade is to extend the service life of the vehicles through to 2040 and beyond.

Mr Hammond said: "As a key step towards meeting our requirements for Future Force 2020, the upgraded Warriors will give commanders and their soldiers greater flexibility and firepower.

"Not only is this fantastic news for the Army, it also represents a great boost to British industry - sustaining jobs, skills and capability within the UK's armoured vehicle sector."

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