BAE axes military engineering jobs

BAE Systems is to cut around 600 jobs at two of its military factories. The sites are in Brough, near Hull and Woodford, near Manchester.

The Unite union said it would resist compulsory redundancies among the 450 job losses at Brough, home of the Hawk aircraft, and 134 job cuts at Woodford, the home of Nimrod.

The aerospace group said the job cuts at Brough would affect engineering, manufacturing and business support areas, while those at Woodford would impact on engineers.

The company said it had been seeking additional work for the Brough site, but it was not able to sustain the current number of jobs.

A transition plan was being developed to retain "critical capabilities" at Brough, which would include reducing its dependency on the Hawk.

BAE said a review last year of the engineering capabilities in its military air solutions business had identified that the workload would reduce as products moved from design and development into the support phase, which had led to the job cuts at Woodford.

Image: BAE's Brough site, home of the Hawk aircraft, is to lose 450 jobs

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