Saab Dynamics announces 70 layoffs

Swedish defence firm Saab announced Monday morning it would lay off 70 employees from its Dynamics production unit in Karlskoga, Swedish Radio News reports. The company cited flagging global defence spending as the reason for the cutbacks.

In a news release Saab Dynamics said the layoffs are "necessary to create conditions for achieving the company's long-term goals."

Görgen Johansson, senior vice president for Saab Dynamics, said worldwide budget constraints have affected all defence and security companies, including Saab. He added, however, that Saab Dynamics saw an increase in orders in four out of six business areas during the first half of 2013.

"For us to remain one of the most cost effective companies in the industry, we must continuously adjust our operations," he said.

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