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Job loss fears as BAE looks to close Bristol research centre

130 jobs could be lost in Bristol as defence contractor BAE Systems intends to close a research facility in the city.

Though the closure of the Advanced Technology Centre in Filton is not confirmed, a 45-day consultation period has started.

Redundancies have not been ruled out, but the company says staff could be moved to other technology centres.

This will give the Company greater momentum in developing the capability we need for the future ... Unfortunately these proposed changes may have implications for some employees and the Company has entered into consultation with these individuals.

– BAE Systems
Work at the centre includes stealth technology and body-worn electronics Credit: ITV News

Filton jobs at risk

Defence company BAe Systems have confirmed "a relatively small number" of jobs will go at Filton, near Bristol, as part of wider cutbacks announced today.

The job losses, thought to involve office staff, are part of 1,700 redundancies at shipyards in Portsmouth and Scotland.

The company says it's due to restructuring as work on two new aircraft carriers comes to an end. The Technology Centre at Filton is not affected.

Philip Hammond MP Defence Secretary made the announcement in the Commons today.


Filton roles under threat

Jobs at Filton near Bristol are to go as part of the 1,775 job losses announced by BAE Systems today.

The company hasn't yet confirmed how many workers at Filton face redundancy.

The jobs are being cut after a drop in work due to the end of aircraft carrier contracts.

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BAE Systems and EADS merger deal expected

An easyJet Airbus A319 aircraft at Filton Airport Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A decision in expected today on the merger of one of the South West's biggest companies.

Defence contractor BAE Systems is in talks with the parent company of Bristol-based Airbus - European Aeronautic, Defence & Space (EADS). The firm, which has sites in Filton and Yeovil, says combining businesses with would create the world's biggest aerospace and defence company.

Read more about the merger here.