The RAF has announced a new £410million military transport contract. Part of the contract has been awarded to Thales, a defence contractor, which has offices in Manor Royal, Crawley.
The contract is another boost for the Crawley economy. According to the Ministry of Defence at least 400 highly skilled jobs will be created around the UK.
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I am really delighted to hear of this investment by the RAF.
“Not only will it create more jobs in the county but shows a real commitment to the Crawley area and what it can offer.
“One of the county council’s key aims is to promote what a great place West Sussex is to work and this is a really good example of that.”
In December the county council signed its first district deal with Crawley Borough Council to demonstrate and increase the joint collaborative working between the two councils. The Crawley Growth Deal identifies a number of key projects to create the conditions for economic growth residents experience and to unlock investment opportunities.
The new RAF contract is to provide in-service support for the UK’s Airbus Atlas A400M aircraft, securing a key part of the RAF airlift fleet until 2026.