TWO announcements of considerable importance to the British aerospace industry came within a few hours of each other at the beginning of last month. The first, on the evening of August 9, proclaimed that Kuwait Airlines had placed orders for six British jet airliners (with options on a further two) at a total cost, including aircraft and equipment, of £8½ million. The other, on August 10, came in the form of an official statement by the Ministry of Defence that the Government had decided to abandon development of the Blue Water tactical surface‐to‐surface missile. Thus, while the outlook for the current range of British jet transports continues to improve, our missile industry receives a further setback.
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