BAE Systems is planning to cut almost 2,000 jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services under moves to streamline its business and have a "sharper" competitive edge, the defence giant has announced.
Seven hundred and fifty of the jobs will be cut at the firm's Lancashire sites in Warton and Samlesbury where the Typhoon fighter jet is built.
A total 1915 jobs will be cut across the country at Brough, in East Yorkshire, and at RAF bases in Marham, Norfolk, and Leeming in North Yorkshire.
Four hundred and ninety jobs will be cut in the south of England plus 30 at other UK locations.
Chief executive Charles Woodburn said: "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.
"These actions will further strengthen our company as we deliver our strategy in a changing environment."
BAE is facing an order gap for the Typhoon so production is being slowed ahead of an expected order from Qatar.
Production of the Hawk jet aircraft is ending in the next few years, affecting the Brough site, although Qatar could place a new order which would keep production going until 2010.
Most of the military air job cuts will go in 2018 and 2019, with some planned for 2020 and BAE said its goal is to achieve as many voluntary redundancies as possible.
Meanwhile the Unite union has vowed to fight for every job at the firm. It slammed the proposed job cuts as a 'betrayal' of a local workforce saying the decision is 'devastatingly short sighted'.
The union has warned the move would harm UK manufacturing and deprive communities across the country of well paid jobs into the future.
It has called on the government to take back control of defence and invest UK taxes in British made equipment. The union estimates 25% of the UK's defence spend will be benefiting US factories and companies by 2020.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said:
We spoke to Mark Allen, Unite's professional staff chairman at BAE systems who said they need Government support:
The North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) say they are "saddened" to learn of the job cuts in Lancashire:
Dr David Bailey, Chief Executive of the NorthWest Aerospace Alliance