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JOBS are set to go at the branch of Portsmouth’s EADS Astrium that designs and builds military communications systems.

Around 40 posts are at risk within the firm’s Secure Satcom Systems (3S) in Portsmouth, Stevenage and Poynton, though it is hoped positions will be found for them within the wider EADS group, which includes Airbus, Eurocopter and Cassidien.

The announcement was made to staff yesterday via a video email by 3S executive director, Aidan Joy.

He also said Portsmouth will become the new base for 3S in the future, with some work based at its facility in Poynton, Cheshire.

The job losses are being blamed on world governments tightening their military spending, and come on top of 50 redundancies within 3S announced last October.

At the beginning of the year 3S employed 450 staff across its three sites.

Astrium’s Jeremy Close said: ‘What we want to try and do is make sure everyone who is facing redundancy can get jobs elsewhere in the company.

‘That’s not to say it will definitely happen, but there are vacancies. We are also offering people voluntary severance.’

The consultation period began yesterday, and the jobs will be gone by the end of the year.