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Tyneside firm wins 8m Royal Navy contract

Artist's impression of new carrier
The carriers will be the Royal Navy's largest vessels

A Tyneside firm has won an £8m contract to supply cables for the Royal Navy's next generation of aircraft carriers.

AEI Cables of Birtley will design and manufacture 2,500km of cabling and wiring for the Queen Elizabeth Class flagships.

It will be used in the ships' power supplies, lighting, data communications, fire protection systems and alarm circuits.

The firm has hailed the contract as reward for its "technical expertise."

'Highest quality'

Chief executive Jim Duffy said: "We're delighted to win such a major contract and contribute to such an innovative, ground-breaking project.

"This award recognises our technical expertise and manufacturing capability, as our products are required to meet the very highest levels of quality and safety standards."

The A&P Tyne shipyard at Hebburn last year secured a £55m contract to construct the mid-sections of two of the new vessels.

The super-carriers are to be three times the displacement of the Royal Navy's current Invincible class of carrier, and the first of them is due to enter service in 2016.

The contracts have been awarded by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) - the consortium building the ships.

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