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BAE Systems to help Mitsubishi with MRJ

BAE Systems has signed an agreement with Japan's Mitsubishi Aircraft to provide services for its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).

Under the contract, BAE Systems will offer design integration and certification services in connection with the aircraft's propulsion systems.

"A team from BAE Systems' regional aircraft business at Prestwick in Scotland will provide engineering expertise on a number of work packages for the aircraft which include powerplant, pylon, nacelle, auxiliary power units and fuel systems," says BAE Systems.

Yukihiko Nakata VP system design of Mitsubishi Aircraft says: "We would like to have a strong and firm position in the future regional jet market by taking advantage of their [BAE Systems'] wide experience and knowledge and we expect their further cooperation continuously."

The MRJ is scheduled to have its first flight in 2012, and will enter into service in 2014. Japan's All Nippon Airways has ordered the aircraft.

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