The UK Defense Ministry has begun the process that will lead to the closure of the Defense Support Group’s (DSG) large aircraft facility at St. Athan in Wales in 2013.
The ministry and the Welsh Authorities once had grand maintenance plans for the overall site at St Athan in Wales - enshrined in the Red Dragon program – but changes in how the ministry intended to support its military aircraft fleets scuppered this ambition.
The DSG’s large aircraft unit provides repair and overhaul for the RAF’s VC10 tanker transport aircraft – but the work will drop of sharply following the last major maintenance work on the aircraft type is completed at the end of next year. The VC10 – and the Tristar – fleet is to be replaced by the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft – based on the Airbus A330-200.
Initial cuts will see 200 jobs lost by the end of 2010, with a further 139 to go by mid-2013.
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