Defence move brings jobs to Welsh Valleys -

Defence move brings jobs to Welsh Valleys

LONDON — Newbridge-based contract electronics manufacturer, Axiom Manufacturing Services, has been selected by the CAE-led Landmark Training consortium to supply major electro-mechanical assemblies for use in simulation equipment as part of the new £1billion Armoured Vehicle Training Service (AVTS) programme due for implementation over the next 30 years.

Led by the Landmark Training Consortium, which consists of CAE, Agusta Westland and Interserve, the programme will exploit the latest technologies to deliver driver, gunnery and communications training to around 12,000 soldiers a year.

The programme, which is expected to save the Ministry of Defence around £400million, is designed to minimise the impact training has on the surrounding environment by providing simulated training on tanks and armoured vehicles.

Axiom will provide a complete assembly and installation service for the CAE containerised simulation equipment, providing job security within the Valleys of South Wales.

Shaun Ashmead, managing director of Axiom, said, “This is a fantastic time for the business and we are proud to be part of such an innovative programme. Over the past couple of months we’ve secured a number of new prestigious contracts and we are confident that we’ll be able to go from strength to strength with the skills and technology to take part in cutting edge projects such as this.”

The deal, which marks Axioms’ entry into the defence market since its resurgence three years ago, is expected to generate £10million to £15million for the business over the next ten years.

The whole contract, which is expected to be finalised over the next couple of months, will create up to 380 jobs for the supply and support of AVTS while more than 300 jobs will be retained. Of these, Axiom expects up to 60 direct and indirect jobs to be created within the South Wales Valleys.

Shaun Ashmead, (left) managing director of Axiom, with Don Touhig, Wales Officer Minister and MP for Islwyn.

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