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SBAC - Eurofighter or 'brain drain'

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: 11 May, 2009  (Company News)
Eurofighter decision is between buying aircraft or subsidising ′brain drain’
to Europe, says industry
The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), the UK’s aerospace,
defence and security trade association, has today (Monday) warned that the
imminent decision on the UK’s participation in tranche 3 of the Eurofighter
Typhoon programme will affect more than simply the country’s future military

Ian Godden, SBAC Chief Executive, said:

“If the Government takes the wrong choice on Eurofighter Typhoon the country
is in danger of funding the loss of some of Britain’s key technological
capabilities to other European nations under the programme’s international
agreements. Eurofighter Typhoon is a very high-tech programme on which a
number of Britain’s best engineers are working. This key industrial
capability is put at risk if the UK is not to take part in tranche 3.

“Tranche 3 delivers key military capabilities for Britain both in the short
and long term. Given the terms of the programme’s international agreements
the decision for the Government is between acquiring military capability,
retaining skilled people in the UK and jobs on the one hand or spending
money to subsidise a ‘brain drain’ to Europe on the other. We hope that on
this basis the Prime Minister, given the support for the programme from his
Cabinet, will take the right decision and fund tranche 3 Eurofighter.”
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