Belfast Telegraph

DUP backing Red Arrows jets job call

By Staff Reporter

A call for the replacement of the Hawk planes used by the Red Arrows to be brought forward to save jobs at BAE Systems and keep production in the UK has been backed by the DUP.

The jets flown by the RAF display team are likely to be built overseas unless the Government intervenes, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, 142 MPs - including Sir Jeffrey Donaldson - warned that unless new contracts are signed soon there will be "virtually no possibility to build any future Hawk aircraft in the UK", according to The Sunday Times.

It could leave the RAF acrobatic team performing its stunning daredevil displays in foreign-built aircraft in future years.

BAE Systems announced last Tuesday that it was planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services to give it a "sharper" competitive edge.

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