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Airbus defence division plans to cut more than 2,300 jobs

The logo of Airbus is pictured at the aircraft builder's headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France. File

The logo of Airbus is pictured at the aircraft builder's headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The plan foresees the reduction of 2,362 positions until the end of 2021, of which 829 would be in Germany, 357 in Britain, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 141 in other countries, according to a statement.

The defence business of Airbus on Wednesday laid out plans to cut more than 2,300 jobs, citing a flat space market and postponed defence contracts.

The aircraft maker said its Airbus Defence and Space division had entered consultation with the company's European works council on the planned cutbacks.

The plan foresees the reduction of 2,362 positions until the end of 2021, of which 829 would be in Germany, 357 in Britain, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 141 in other countries, according to a statement.

The head of the defence business said on Saturday that talks were about to start with labour representatives as the German-based group retrenches following setbacks with its A400M military transporter.

Recurring technical problems with the A400M led the German air force to refuse delivery of two of the aircraft last autumn.

The group has also taken a €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) charge on the worsening sales outlook, with a German ban on defence exports to Saudi Arabia causing Airbus Defence and Space to lose a promising potential customer, Dirk Hoke said.

Airbus Defence and Space, formed in 2014 as part of a broader restructuring, employs 34,000 staff - 13,000 of them in Germany - and contributes around a fifth of revenues to parent group Airbus.

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