The Ministry of Defence is laying off 97 staff at one of its technology research facilities in Hampshire.
A shift away from physical methods towards computer based equipment testing has forced the cuts at the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency's (DERA) engine test facility at Pyestock.
"As seen recently with the wind tunnels, it is increasingly the case that simulation and computer based techniques are the preferred option and DERA is having to adjust areas of its business to accommodate this trend," DERA said in a statement.
DERA, describing the decision as 'sad', said the reduction in staff at the facility from 277 to 180 posts will take place over several months up until the end of the year, with an effort to minimise compulsory redundancies.
One of Europe's largest research organisations, DERA has a turnover of approximately £1 billion and around 12,000 staff.
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