Protest as Thomson loses helicopter job

Thomson Training & Simulation has protested at the loss of a £275m order for up to six helicopter simulators and a training centre for the Royal Air Force. The firm, based in Crawley, said the deal would have created at least 250 high technology engineering jobs. It would have guaranteed a UK share of up […]

Thomson Training & Simulation has protested at the loss of a £275m order for up to six helicopter simulators and a training centre for the Royal Air Force.

The firm, based in Crawley, said the deal would have created at least 250 high technology engineering jobs.

It would have guaranteed a UK share of up to 97% of the contract’s value, compared with the 75% offered by the winning team led by Canada’s CAE. Another 74 jobs were promised at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire where the simulators will be based.

Thomson Training & Simulation is `considering its options’ and managing director Graham McIntyre said the fight was not yet over. `The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that our bid remains valid and on the table in the event that the preferred supplier is unable to conclude a contract,’ he said.

Crawley, East Sussex, is the Conservative parliamentary constituency of defence procurement minister Nicholas Soames from which he is moving to contest the safer Mid-Sussex constituency on 1 May.