North East defence sector experts named as part of Team Thunder.

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Defence sector experts, Pearson Engineering recently announced their part in ‘Team Thunder,’ a group of UK companies with land vehicle programme expertise, that will support Hanwha in delivering a ‘Made in the UK’ variant of the K9 Thunder Self-Propelled Howitzer if their bid is successful. The K9 is currently in service with Armed Forces in South Korea, India, Norway, Finland, and Estonia amongst others.

Pearson Engineering launched its Defence Manufacturing Services (DMS) offering in 2014 following the purchase of Armstrong Works by parent company Reece Group Limited. The organisation offers experience of the defence sector and armoured vehicle integration with sister company Responsive Engineering’s manufacturing capability to deliver scalable and independent manufacturing services to armoured vehicle programmes. 

This skill and experience lends itself perfectly to working on this project should it go ahead. The site is purpose-built to deliver all aspects of armoured vehicle manufacture on site and can safely host project teams from the original equipment manufacturer. With this in mind, Pearson Engineering’s Defence Manufacturing Services (DMS) team will be offering manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing capability from Armstrong Works in Newcastle upon Tyne if required.