AgustaWestland helicopter deal safeguards jobs
- 20 December 2013
- From the section Somerset
A £1bn contract has been signed to supply 16 helicopters to the Norwegian government, safeguarding thousands of British jobs.
The aircraft will be assembled at AgustaWestland's factory in Yeovil, Somerset, with a 15-year training and support package included in the deal.
The firm said its new generation AW101 was a "worthy successor" to its Sea King, which served Norway for more than 40 years.
The deal safeguards over 3,000 jobs.
AgustaWestland chairman Graham Cole said: "It helps secure and stabilise the workforce, so it's really good news for everybody here at Yeovil."