DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (Dasa) is eliminating nearly 1,200 jobs from its Friedrichshafen-based defence and civil systems unit, which specialises in defence electronics and missiles.

The company announced late last year that Germany's shrinking defence budget would force it to reduce its workforce.

Dasa plans to shed 880 permanent staff, including 140 at Friedrichshafen, 350 at Munich, 220 at Ulm and another 170 from other locations around Germany.

Of the total, 650 people will leave by the end of the year, mainly through voluntary redundancy, Dasa says.

A further 300 staff who are on fixed-term contracts of between one and two years will not be offered extensions.

Source: Flight International