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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK
Arms company wins 100m contract
Raytheon jet hanger
Raytheon is an American owned company
An arms company based in north Wales has won a 100m defence contract.

Alyn and Deeside MP Barry Jones said Raytheon has been awarded a deal by the Ministry of Defence to produce a warning system to prevent friendly fire.

Mr Jones has led a number of delegations to the MoD promoting the cause of Raytheon against other international competitors.

The development of SIFF - Successful Identification Friend or Foe - will bring jobs to the Raytheon plant at Broughton in Flintshire and also to the former RAF Sealand, which was a partner with Raytheon in the bid.

It is not known how many jobs it will bring to the area.

But Mr Jones does not believe the contract is likely to have immediate spin-offs.

It is estimated, though, that the new work will bring dozens for Raytheon at Broughton, and "many dozens" for Sealand.

Alwyn Rowlands from the AEEU said RAF Sealand would benefit as workers there would be involved in refurbishing the "black box" currently used to detect friendly fire.

Mr Rowlands said it would certainly secure 60-65 jobs and create opportunities for new jobs.

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