Two RAF Typhoons fly over the West Falkland island (Picture: MOD).
The UK has signed a contract worth almost £350 million with Rolls-Royce for engine maintenance of the RAF's Typhoon fighter jets.
The £346.7 million contract will make Rolls-Royce responsible for the repair and maintenance of the EJ200 jet engine until 2024.
The Typhoon is the backbone of the RAF's fighter jet fleet - leading operations against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as well as taking part in NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia.
Defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Not only will this contract help to maintain our world-class jets, it secures 175 jobs across the UK and boosts the skills base our world-leading defence industry relies upon.
“Together with our multi-million-pound upgrade programme, this contract will ensure our Typhoon fleet continues to dominate the skies in the decades to come.”
The manufacturer will also be required to provide modules, spares and accessories to support the fleet.
The RAF's Typhoons have undergone a £425 million upgrade programme over the last three years.