Raytheon UK officially announced this week the extension of the RAF’s Sentinel fleet to 2021, under a contract worth over £130m. The new Integrated Sentinel Support Service contract, will see Raytheon optimise the design, modification, configuration management and support aspects of the Sentinel programme at RAF Waddington and at Raytheon’s facility in Broughton.
Richard Daniel, chief executive officer, Raytheon UK, commented: “The Sentinel fleet is well recognised for the outstanding contribution it has made to military and surveillance operations around the globe over the last 9 years. As well as creating new jobs in Broughton, the extension of the Sentinel fleet will bring additional economic value through export opportunities for derivative systems. Today’s news will support several hundred highly skilled jobs within Raytheon and its supply chain, while maintaining world leading expertise in the customer community.”
Raytheon UK, supported by the Welsh Government, has invested in a new hangar at Broughton to ensure that its Airborne ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) mission area, continues to provide an end-to-end capability, from design to flight trials, which delivers enhanced operational availability.
Mark Tami MP said; “When I first heard about the proposal of further investment in the Sentinel programme earlier in the year, I was delighted for the area. This investment will allow Raytheon to expand meaning they will be able to maintain, and also create, high value jobs in Alyn and Deeside.”