Thales has revealed that its failure to win the Bowman UK Army digital communications system contract is set result in almost 500 UK job cuts.
The Anglo-French technology group said on Tuesday (25 September) that up to 470 jobs will go from its defence communications business out of 575 today.
It is also to close its operation in Bracknell, Berkshire by June of next year.
"All efforts will be made to redeploy as many employees as possible," the company said in a statement.
Thales none the less sought to "confirm its commitment" to the UK by adding that its Crawley, Reading and Wells will be "strengthened".
The statement added: "Thales intends to pursue its policy of prime contracting in the UK with a focus on a number of major opportunities. These include the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and the Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) programmes."
Bowman was the subject of years of delay before being finally placed with Bristol-based CDC Systems UK, which won out over bids from TRW and Thales.
The scale of the losses is in line with earlier statements from Thales.
Before the Bowman contract award, Thales had warned that between 450 and 500 jobs could go if it did not win the tender.
Thales is also reorganising its UK operations under a more "streamlined" leadership.
Alex Dorrian, senior vice president, Naval Systems is also to take on the senior VP role for defence, managing the relationship between the company and the Ministry of Defence.
Tom O'Neill becomes senior VP, defence operations UK, taking responsibility for the UK defence business operations and programmes as well as the co-ordination of corporate services.