Saudi trip off

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A TRIP to Saudi Arabia by Fylde MP Mark Menzies has been delayed until later in the year.

Mr Menzies was due to visit the kingdom, home to many BAE Systems workers, in May with the Conservative Middle East Council.

But with a number of dignitaries unable to attend on the scheduled date the trip has now been put back to later in the year. Mr Menzies was hoping to support BAE’s bid to land lucrative deals with Saudi Arabia, Oman and Quatar.

Mr Menzies said: “It’s disappointing but Saudi Arabia is still a key location for many Fylde workers.

“I met with a dozen members of the Saudi shura council last week in London and I look forward to the trip later in the year.”

Meanwhile, BAE Systems is teaming up with France’s Dassault Aviation to manufacture next-generation unmanned aircraft.

The two have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the planes.

The link-up follows work on BAE’s Mantis aircraft and the Taranis, which was manufactured at Warton. Kevin Taylor, Managing Director Military Air & Information at BAE Systems, said: “A successful BAE Systems/Dassault Aviation solution will ensure that the UK and France maintain their status as leading providers of aerospace capability.”