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Covid-19: BAE Systems ‘reviewing situation’ to minimise impact of pandemic

19 March 2020
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BAE Systems Samlesbury site in northern England is where the company manufactures parts for the international F-35 programme. Along with nearby Warton, where Eurofighters are built, this site accounts for the bulk of the company's Air division’s current work. The company has said that it is reviewing the coronavirus outbreak and has plans in place to minimise any impact on its operations. Source: BAE Systems

BAE Systems is "constantly reviewing" the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic to minimise any impact to its operations, a company spokesperson told Jane's on 18 March.

The UK-based manufacturer noted that this policy applies to its global operations and that plans are in place to mitigate the effects of the virus on its employees and customers.

"We continue to update our guidance to employees to reflect the latest public health advice and ensure we're taking appropriate precautions to protect our people. We have robust business continuity plans in place which are under constant review as the situation evolves and we continue to work closely with employees, customers and suppliers to minimise any impact to our operations," the spokesperson said.

In terms of its primary Air business unit, BAE Systems' statement is in line with those of its two chief programme partners: Eurofighter for the Typhoon and Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

In terms of Eurofighter, BAE Systems is the UK lead for the pan-European project, working alongside Airbus in Germany and Spain, and Leonardo in Italy. With its production facility located at Warton in the north of England, BAE Systems is responsible for manufacturing the forward fuselage, spine, tailfin, and flaps for the wider Eurofighter project that currently comprises 28 aircraft for Kuwait and 24 for Qatar (all other partner nation and export deliveries having already been completed), as well as final assembly for Qatar. The aircraft for Kuwait that are to be assembled by Leonardo in Caselle, Italy, are to be delivered between late 2020 and 2023, while the Qatari order to be assembled by BAE Systems at Warton is scheduled to be delivered between 2022 and an unspecified date in the mid-2020s.

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