Sept 3 The British government said it would sign
a deal worth 3.5 billion pounds ($5.76 billion) on Wednesday
with General Dynamics for new armoured fighting vehicles, its
biggest single order for such vehicles in over 30 years.
Prime Minister David Cameron will sign the defence contract
for 589 new armoured fighting vehicles to strengthen Britain's
armed forces as he sets off to host the two-day NATO summit in
Wales that begins on Thursday, the government said in a
The deal for the vehicle, also called Scout Specialist
Vehicles, is expected to create 1,300 jobs in the UK, of which
300 would be in Wales.
"With the second largest defence budget in NATO ... we are
ensuring Britain's national security, staying at the forefront
of the global race and providing leadership within NATO,"
Cameron said in a press statement.
The vehicles, whose deliveries are planned to start in 2017,
would be the army's first fully digitalised armoured vehicles.
The vehicles were designed at General Dynamics in South Wales,
alongside the Army, the government said.
($1 = 0.6072 British Pounds)
(Reporting by Shivam Srivastava in Bangalore; Editing by Leslie