Airbus fires 16 over suspected German army spying

BERLIN (AFP) – European aviation giant Airbus has fired 16 employees over a case that had prompted Germany to open a probe into suspected industrial espionage, German media reported yesterday.

National news agency DPA said Airbus confirmed the sacking but did not provide further details.

Sources at the company had said in September that German prosecutors were investigating suspected internal spying by Airbus employees over two arms projects with the German armed forces.

“Some of our employees had documents that they should not have had,” a source had said.

The employees work in the Munich-based Programme Line Communications, Intelligence and Security (CIS), which handles cybersecurity and related activities.