Hopes £330m deal will boost ex-mining village of Oakdale
People in a former Caerphilly county mining community are hopeful a £330m defence contract will help reinvigorate the area.
General Dynamics in Oakdale will create the next-generation communications system for the Ministry of Defence.
The move will bring 125 jobs to the site to work in a sector that already employs 5,000 people in Wales.
Since collieries closed, the area has struggled to attract large employers, according to Ken Powe, 65, a retired HGV driver, who called it "fantastic" news.
Carer Paul manning, 59, called it a "good help that the village needs".
David Morgan, 61, a retired teacher, said during Brexit, "companies will be flying away from us", so welcomed the investment.
However, he added it was important local people secured many of the jobs.
06 Apr 2017