Defence contractor deals huge blow to UK manufacturing sector that follows lack of orders for its Eurofighter Typhoon jet

Britain’s biggest defence contractor, BAE Systems, is to cut nearly 2,000 jobs in a significant blow to the UK manufacturing sector.

The company, which makes the Eurofighter Typhoon jet and Britain’s nuclear submarines, said up to 1,400 jobs would go at its military, air and information business, along with a further 375 in maritime services and 150 at its applied intelligence business.

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