Suffolk firm in aircraft carrier deal

A COMPANY which specialises in designing and building air traffic control rooms is set to construct a crucial part of two new aircraft carriers commissioned by the Ministry of Defence.

A COMPANY which specialises in designing and building air traffic control rooms is set to construct a crucial part of two new aircraft carriers commissioned by the Ministry of Defence.

The announcement that the MoD has signed contracts worth £3billion to build two aircraft carriers yesterday secured the deal which Great Blakenham firm Tex Special Projects was awarded last December to build and install the Flying Control Rooms (Flyco) on

HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Tex Special Projects are a part of the Tex Group of Companies which has been designing and building air traffic control rooms around the world for the last ten years.


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The aircraft carrier control rooms will be fitted with the largest glass ever to be employed in a warship. They will be fitted with ten pieces over three metres in height and weighing in at 500kg a piece.

The MoD said today the glass has technically advanced characteristics which have not been produced anywhere in the world before to meet specific Navy performance requirements.

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The control rooms will be manufactured locally and floated by barge from Ipswich to Rosyth in Scotland for final installation by the Tex team.

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