Air International 2007-09
B.Hales-Dutton - UK Aerospace - A Declining Industry? /Industry/
Recent production activity at Yeovil by AgustaWestland has focused on Super Lynx 300s and AW101s. The company has now concentrated manufacture of the latter type at Yeovil, with examples being built for the Royal Danish Air Force, Italian Navy and US Marine Corps. It is also involved in upgrade work and secured a contract from Lockheed Martin for the Merlin Capability Sustainment Plus programme to upgrade Royal Navy Merlin HM.1s. (pictured).
Civil aerospace sales by British aerospace companies now outstrip defence contracts. A significant amount of this work relates to work for Airbus, for example over the UK, 400 companies are involved with producing the A380.
Rolls-Royce is one of the most famous UK aerospace companies and supplies a wide variety of engines for civil and military aircraft. Pictured is a Trent 900, which is used to power the Airbus A380. The company is also developing the Trent 1000, which will be used on the Boeing 787.
One of the few aircraft types built in the UK is the Eurofighter Typhoon, which BAE Systems manufactures at its Warton plant. The company received a significant boost with the news that the Royal Saudi Air Force has stated that it intends to purchase up to 72 of these fighters. Pictured is a Typhoon F.2 of the RAF's 3 (F) Squadron.