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LONDON – Britain has signed a contract for nine new P-8A Poseidon military aircraft in the first big deal announced at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The Defense Ministry says the cost of delivering the deal, including paying for training of people, infrastructure and necessary support, will be around 3 billion pounds ($3.88 billion) over the next decade.
Boeing said Monday it planned to work with the U.K. government to build a new 100 million pound ($129 million) support and training base for the aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
Boeing and the U.K. say a new long-term partnership will bring 2,000 new jobs to the U.K.
The deal offers a boost to a government reeling from fears that jobs will be lost amid Britain's decision to leave the European Union.