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1 minute read - 15th November 2023

BAE Systems awarded £20m MoD ammunition order

The UK Ministry of Defence has placed a new £20m order with BAE Systems for the supply of additional small arms munitions over the next two years. The 5.56mm and 7.62mm rounds will be produced at Radway Green, the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which offers some of the most advanced ammunition production capabilities in the world.

The announcement follows the signing of a £410m order for the supply of vital battlefield munitions to the MoD in September when it exercised an option to increase a £280m supply order announced in July.

The new orders will create more than 200 new highly skilled jobs in the North of England and South Wales, boosting the company’s 1,200-strong UK munitions workforce.

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BAE Systems has secured another £20m order from the MoD for additional small arms munitions – this and previous orders will create 200 new jobs at the company / Picture: BAE Systems

Glynn Plant, managing director of munitions at BAE Systems, said: “We are proud to support the UK MoD as a strategic partner for munitions supply. The significant orders we have secured throughout the year has seen our teams increasing production rates, investing in people and new facilities and maximising shift patterns to meet this enhanced demand.”

Grant Shapps, secretary of state for defence, added: “In an increasingly contested world, it is crucial that our forces are equipped to meet the threats of the future. Through contracts like these, with the best of some of our homegrown industry, we are continuing to ensure that we replenish and equip our forces, supporting jobs right across the UK.”

The new orders are boosting BAE Systems’ 1,200-strong UK munitions workforce / Picture: BAE Systems

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