Covid-19: Defence firms temporarily close sites in France, Italy, Spain

19 March 2020

Airbus, Fincantieri, Leonardo, MBDA, Navantia, and other defence companies have implemented temporary production pauses in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Airbus announced on 17 March that it would halt production at its French and Spanish factories for four days to upgrade cleaning regimens and implement “self-distancing” among employees.

The affected plants include six defence-related sites, all in Spain: Albacete, Barajas, CBC El Puerto de Santa Maria, Getafe, San Pablo, and Tablada. Several of these sites work on military aircraft programmes, including the Eurofighter Typhoon, A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, and A400M and C295 transport planes.

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