Filtronic strikes deal to supply radios to new defence customer

Northern connectivity manufacturer Filtonic has struck a major defence deal that will see it supply battlefield radios to a new client.

The contract has been signed with a major defence customer, who has agreed to pay more than £1m for the radio equipment.

Filtronic – which is based near Leeds and has a manufacturing site at Sedgefield, County Durham – specialises in manufacturing hardware for the critical communications, wireless telecom and aerospace and defence markets from its Durham site.

The contract will see Filtronic design and supply the field radios over a 12-month period with the final product delivery expected to start in the second half of 2021.

The deal will also allow Filtronic to demonstrate its ability to provide turnkey radio frequency (RF) communication solution to critical defence programmes. To do so Filtronic will develop a protoype system and will then move into low volume manufacturing.

Richard Gibbs, CEO, said: “We are delighted to have secured this significant new order as it underlines the customer’s confidence in our ability to deliver this type of challenging and complex programme.

“With our deep understanding of RF communication and our in-house design and manufacturing facility, it is pleasing to start the calendar year with a contract win for both a new product and new customer. Filtronic is well positioned to win further UK defence contracts.”

In October Filtronic secured £150,000 to fuel its expansion plans and create new jobs. The cash will allow the business to improve its manufacturing and testing facilities and create around 36 new jobs.

News source: Chronicle Live

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