This file photo taken on April 27, 2011 shows Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire north east England. (AFP / Lindsey PARNABY)
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BAE Systems will shed 2,000 jobs as new chief executive Charles Woodburn tries to shake up Britain's biggest defense contractor in the face of dwindling orders for the Typhoon fighter jet.BAE, which has been the backbone of Britain's defense industry for decades, employs 34,600 people in the country out of a global workforce of 83,100 .BAE said it will also cut around 375 jobs at its maritime operations, which design the Britain new Dreadnought class of nuclear submarine.Based on current orders for the Typhoon and Hawk, BAE said it needed to reduce the workforce by up to 1,400 roles.BAE's Warton and Samlesbury plants will suffer the brunt of the losses as around 5,000 people there work on the Typhoon program, which is a joint project between BAE, France's Airbus and Italy's Leonardo.
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