LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- British defense authorities have contracted Rolls-Royce to support air defense capabilities with the production of Typhoon aircraft engine technologies.
Quentin Davies, minister for defense equipment and support, announced a contract with Rolls-Royce for the company to provide its EJ200 engine technologies along with maintenance and support services.
Under the approximately $1.4 billion deal, Rolls-Royce will support the Typhoon fighter aircraft program as part of a British Defense Ministry initiative to ensure ongoing air defense readiness.
"This contract will ensure that our Typhoon aircraft continue to meet their operational commitments as a cornerstone of the U.K.'s air defense capabilities," Davies said in a statement.
"We are committed to building strong arrangements with U.K. industry, in this case to get more efficient and affordable support for our front line Typhoon fighter force."