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BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia sign £1.9bn Hawk jet deal

23 May 2012 Last updated at 14:05 BST

British defence giant BAE has signed a £1.9bn ($3bn) deal to supply Hawk trainer jets to Saudi Arabia, saving over 200 UK jobs.

The military contractor said the deal averted job losses at its Brough plant and guarantee work for 30 apprentices.

Twenty-two Hawks will be built under the deal with the majority of the work taking place in Lancashire - at BAE sites in Samlesbury and Warton.

A Unite trade union official said hundreds of jobs were still at risk.

Richard Lister reoprts.