1000 jobs at risk as BAE's fast jet runs out of orders

BAE Systems to 'cut over 1,000 jobs including at Typhoon fighter jet factory'

BAE Systems to 'cut over 1,000 jobs including at Typhoon fighter jet factory'

BAE Systems, Britain's biggest arms manufacturer, will cut more than 1,000 jobs this week, it has been reported.

Union leaders are pressing the British government to ensure new fighter aircraft are built in the U.K.as they seek to avert job cuts at defense giant BAE Systems.

BAE Systems employs 34,600 staff in the United Kingdom out of a total global workforce of 83,000.

According to the report, an announcement is expected Tuesday.

"If and when there are any changes proposed we are committed to communicating with our employees and their representatives first".

Unite is demanding an urgent meeting with BAE, calling on the company to "come clean" over its plans. "At a time of Brexit, these are precisely the kind of jobs that the United Kingdom government should be protecting".

Sources said that Brexit was "not a factor" in the BAE decision.

BAE Systems will get rid of most of the workers from its Warton plant in Preston, Lancs, where it assembles the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, according to Sky. 'We are confident that we will win further Typhoon orders, what we can't be confident about is the timing, ' he said.

"We obviously have to review our (Typhoon) production demand very carefully", Mr Woodburn said in August. Its largest markets are Britain and the United States, and it also has substantial operations in Saudi Arabia, India and Australia.

The move would mark the first major efficiency drive under Charles Woodburn, who took over as chief executive from Ian King in July.

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