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BAE System workers campaign to save jobs

A campaign is trying to save the jobs of hundreds of defence workers in Lancashire.

Staff from Warton and Salmesbury who build fighter jets for BAE Systems have been lobbying parliament, after the company announced that 750 jobs would go from the two plants.

Today there were calls for the government to invest in defence companies here rather than abroad.

Political correspondent David Wood reports.

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BAE Systems redundancy - a breakdown of areas affected

Credit: ITV Granada

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.

  • Here's a simple breakdown of what areas across the country will be affected.
750
Lancashire
400
East Yorkshire
245
Marham and Leeming
340
Portsmouth and Solent
150
London and Guildford
30
Other locations

Workers prepare for BAE Systems' announcement over 1,000 job losses in Lancashire

Announcement about job losses expected this morning Credit: PA

An announcement is expected later over the future production of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet. It is feared up to a thousand jobs could be lost in Lancashire with up to 2,000 losses at the firm's sites across the country.

Unions at Warton and Samlesbury, where aircraft assembly takes place, are demanding urgent talks with the company which is the UK's biggest defence contractor.

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Boost for BAE in Lancashire after radar contract

Defence giant BAE Systems, which employs around 10,000 people in Lancashire, says that the nations behind the Eurofighter have agreed to a contract to fit new radar to their aircraft.

The Eurofighter Typhoon will be fitted with new radar Credit: BAE Systems

The company says the contract is worth £365m to BAE Systems who will be the lead on the work.

Much of the fitting will be carried out at the company's site in Warton.

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