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The biggest defence contractor in the UK, BAE Systems, has announced that it will be cutting up to 1,300 jobs at its military aerospace arm over the next three years, as well as an additional 375 in maritime services and 150 at the company’s cyber intelligence business.

According to the Guardian, the cuts are expected to be brought in by January 1st, affecting not just those on the production line but also managers as well. The aerospace bases at Warton and Samlesbury in Lancashire will suffer 750 job losses – double what was seen back in 2015.

In Portsmouth, 340 dockyard jobs are due to go, 245 at RAF bases in Marham and Leeming, and 150 positions in Guildford and Lodnon, as well as other cyber intelligence sites.

Chief executive of BAE Charles Woodburn explained that these cuts are necessary, saying: “The organisational changes we are announcing today accelerate our evolution to a more streamlined, de-layered organisation, with a sharper competitive edge and a renewed focus on technology. I recognise this will be difficult news for some of our employees and we are committed to do everything we can to support those affected.”

Meanwhile, engineers from BAE Systems will now be solely responsible for supporting two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, as well as the rest of the fleet based at Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence has now amended its contract with the company to include the Queen Elizabeth Class, with all classes of ships home ported at Portsmouth Naval Base covered under the arrangement.

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