LONDON, July 2 (Xinhua) — British Defense secretary Gavin Williamson Monday officially opened a missile factory Monday described as a jewel in the crown in the country’s defence industry. Almost 700 staff are employed making multi-million-dollar missiles for British soldiers, warships and fighter jets at the factory at Bolton in Greater Manchester.
Williamson unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of five years of work and 65 million U.S. dollars worth of investment into the high-tech site run by weapons firm MBDA.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said: “It marks a major milestone for the new site, where design, engineering and manufacturing experts are producing state-of-the-art equipment and systems. Complex weapons being built there will go on to do everything from arming F-35 fighter jets to protecting British troops and Royal Navy ships.”