The MoD claims that this will sustain hundreds of jobs at the factories concerned (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-17597889).
Andrew Beckett said “the rearmament that this contract represents is part of the process of preparing to fight new wars for resources such as the threatened attack on Iran. It is imperative that we step up our resistance to the companies profiting from militarism.”
Ian Pritchard of Campaign Against Arms Trade said “It is spurious to use UK jobs as an excuse for spending millions on manufacturing bombs. Any government spending will generate jobs, but spending on arms production is propping up a stagnant sector that soaks up scarce resources and engineering skills. Instead the government should be investing in the renewable energy sector which is vibrant and rapidly expanding but needs government investment for the UK to gain market share. This would benefit human security by helping tackle the real threat of climate change, instead of boosting an industry whose products mean death and destruction.”