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Wales gets 250-strong skilled jobs boost with Scout contract

25 July 2015

The government has awarded a £390m contract to General Dynamics UK to support the MoD's Scout Specialist Vehicles, bringing 250 highly-skilled jobs to Wales.

The Scout Specialist Vehicle (Photo: MoD)

The contract will extend the current in service support contract for the Scout Specialist Vehicles to 2024, delivering onshore technical engineering and maintenance from a site in South Wales. As a result, General Dynamics UK has taken the decision to bring to Wales assembly, integration and testing for the vehicles, which was previously carried out overseas.

The 589 new armoured fighting vehicles will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the British Army on the battlefields of the future.

Designed by General Dynamics UK, based in Oakdale, South Wales, the new vehicle will give the army enhanced intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, and it will be able to defend itself with an effective 40mm cannon.

As the army’s first fully digitised armoured fighting vehicle, the Scout is able to be deployed in the most difficult terrains around the world.

An Anglo-French partnership recently secured a £150m tank gun contract to supply the new Cased Telescope cannon capability for the Scout SV.

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