BAE SAYS 100 WORKERS MAY BE CUT AEROSPACE FIRM WINDING UP KC-135 MODIFICATION PROJECT.
Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
MOJAVE - BAE Systems BAE Systems
British manufacturer of aircraft, missiles, avionics, naval vessels, and other aerospace and defense products. BAE Systems was formed (1999) from the merger of British Aerospace (BAe) with Marconi Electronic Systems. announced Wednesday it may have to lay off 80 to 100 workers at its Mojave Airport facility by September if the company does not receive any additional contracts this summer.
The pending layoffs are the result of work winding down on a program to modernize mod·ern·ize
v. mo·dern·ized, mo·dern·iz·ing, mo·dern·iz·es
To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.
To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style. the cockpits of KC-135 tanker aircraft
Workers at the facility have been notified of the pending layoffs.
``Any worker laid off will receive a severance package A severance package is pay and benefits an employee receives when they leave employment at a company. In addition to the employee's remaining regular pay, it may include some of the following:
It is possible the company might be able to avoid some or even all of the layoffs if BAE Systems is awarded additional work. The company is waiting to hear on contracts on a couple of undisclosed projects.
Under the $50 million Pacer CRAG (Compass, Radar and Global positioning satellite) contract, BAE Systems modified 279 KC-135 tankers for the Air Force. Workers in Mojave replaced dials and other cockpit indicators with multifunctional displays and new electronic controls.
The modifications are intended to extend the life of the aircraft, enhance safety and eliminate the need for a navigator.
Pacer CRAG is one of the major contracts BAE Systems works under at Mojave. The company also converts Vietnam-era F-4 jet fighters Jet fighter may refer to:
BAE Systems has a work force of about 350 workers in Mojave.
In March, BAE Systems announced it was cutting 34 jobs at its Palmdale plant, citing the slowdown in commercial aviation contracts in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The job cuts reduced the Palmdale work force by half.
The Palmdale plant, at Avenue P and 30th Street East, is used in support of Boeing's twin-engine 717 jetliner, which is assembled in Long Beach.
BAE Systems assembles the wing halves and Y-barrel assemblies of the 717 aircraft. The Y-barrel assembly is the lower part of the fuselage and houses the main landing gear, as well as fuel, hydraulic and electrical lines.
BAE Systems, formed by the merger of British Aerospace British Aerospace (BAe) was a UK aircraft and defence systems manufacturer, now part of BAE Systems. History
The company was formed as a statutory corporation on April 29, 1977 as a result the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act. and Marconi Electronic Systems Marconi Electronic Systems (MES), or GEC-Marconi as it was until 1998, was the defence arm of The General Electric Company (GEC). It was demerged from GEC and acquired by British Aerospace (BAe) on November 30 1999 to form BAE Systems. GEC then renamed itself Marconi plc. in 1999, is a global aerospace giant, employing more than 100,000 workers around the world. The company has annual sales of $19 billion.