posted on Sep, 15 2009 @ 06:15 AM
reply to post by ROBL240
It's no surprise to me. This began over ten years ago with the shrinking of the Milton Keynes support centre, and then its closure a few years ago to
consolidate with Luton.
It's a shame, it was a fascinating place. But I have to say that everything was very dated.
They were still using equipment from the 1970's in the labs.
This used to be a massive company, but they failed to move with the times adequately. As I said, everything about the company was extremely dated,
from the filing systems, to the calibration equipment. They seemed to just be "making do".
It really is a shame to see this company evaporating slowly. There were some remarkably intelligent people I met there. If we were at war tomorrow, I
would want them developing the technology to defend our country.
And it used to be a great company to work for as far as I can tell. They actually used to support their staff in every way possible.
It is a worry to think of how our government is replacing such a resource, or if they are at all. Defence contractors should hold a national pride,
and having one closing is not good for our own national defence.
If anything should deserve a bail out or is "too big to fail" it's a company like BAe. Screw the banks and corporations, our major defence
contractor should take priority.
The government should now be doing everything possible to secure the future of BAe as a British company.