United Kingdom
South East;
Location of affected unit(s)
St Athan, S Wales & Fleetlands, South East England
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

725 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 November 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 April 2007


The Defence Aviation Repair Agency, (Dara), at St Athan where an £80 million fighter aircraft repair centre was opened just seven months ago, will lose 500 jobs it was revealed by Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister. He warned there would be a significant number of compulsory redundancies. The announcement provoked an outcry by union leaders. The site, where there is an £80 million hangar funded by UK taxpayers and the Welsh assembly, will shut by April 2007. The agency's engine maintenance business at Fleetlands, in Hampshire, will close, losing 225 jobs, while the helicopter repair business at Fleetlands and at Almondbank in Scotland will be market tested.


  • 9 November 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), Defence Aviation Repair Agency, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62496, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62496.