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

19 March 2020
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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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