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BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon cuts will be watched closely in South West

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Written by: Western Daily Press | Posted 12 October 2017 7:52

BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon cuts will be watched closely in South West

Two thousand jobs to go is the hook to the national story about BAE’s decision to cut production of the Eurofighter Typhoon, but staff affected in Lancashire will not be the only ones watching this story.

British-owned multi-billion pound turnover world-wide defence and security firm BAE Systems plc has announced the plans to cut production of the frontline RAF aircraft.

Cost-cutting decisions by the firm are expected to see 1,400 jobs go in its military aerospace division over the next three years, a further 375 in its maritime services and 150 at its cyber-intelligence business.

True, the brunt of those losses are expected to be felt in Lancashire where the bulk of the plane is made, but interest will be peaked in the South West too. The Rolls Royce engines are made in Bristol and Derby.

Closer to home the Staverton-based landing gear specialist Safran is believed to service the landing gear for the plane and as for cyber intelligence, BAE Systems has a cyber security base on Gloucester Business Park, one of the growing number of firms from the sector clustering in the county.

BAE said it aimed to achieve the cuts through voluntary redundancies where possible. It will implement its plan, believed to affect managers as well as production line staff, from January 1.

The firm employs 83,100 people worldwide, including 34,600 in the UK.

Claire Perry, minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said the Government was working with BAE to ensure compulsory redundancies were kept to a minimum.

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