MOTS: not a dirty word for UK defence firms

A General Dynamics scout vehicle
Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by

While unions wail and others question the value of a modified off-the-shelf buying strategy for the defence sector, others prove the approach can bring jobs and exports to UK plc.

The Defence White Paper released by the Ministry of Defence today gives responses to the Government’s public consul…

MoD awards £500m missile contract to MBDA

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 by

Missile manufacturer MBDA, a multinational group owned by EADS, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica, has won a contract worth £483m to develop a new supersonic missile defence system for the Royal Navy.

The Ministry of Defence announced the contract in a statement today.

The system, known as Sea Ceptor…

BAE Systems enters negotiations with Oman for Typhoon fighter jets

BAE Systems Rochester supply components for Typhoon fighter jets
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by

The manufacturer of products for the defence industry has had a multi-billion pound proposal to supply the Royal Airforce of Oman with 12 Typhoon fighter aircrafts.

BAE Systems anticipates contract negotiations for 12 aircraft to begin shortly and this will determine the value of the contra…

BAE Systems awarded $313m R&D contract by US defence firm

Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by

The US Army’s Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) programme has enlisted the R&D powerhouse of BAE Systems for additional engineering design, logistics development and test evaluation support.

The additional support will help complete the Engineering and Manufacturing Develop…

Rolls-Royce welcomes green light on Joint Strike Fighter programme

BAE supply components for the Typoon fighter jets
Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by

The Derbyshire-based manufacturer will continue working with American rival Pratt&Whitney on the  lifting system of the jump jet version of the aircraft after the US Ministry of Defense gives the go-ahead to the world’s most expensive military programme.

About 15% of the work around th…

3,000 jobs at risk as BAE reviews shipbuilding unit

Posted on 23 Jan 2012 by

BAE Systems denied reports that it will close the Portsmouth dockyard, which would threaten up to 3,000 jobs in the area, deeming the news as “speculation”.

The Sunday Times reported on the potential closure yesterday, after it emerged that in late 2011 BAE Systems hired a management consulta…

BAE Systems defends review of Portsmouth operations

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by

BAE Systems has denied it plans to close its site in Portsmouth, saying that it is merely reviewing its operations across the whole country in an effort to become more efficient.

The firm employed management consultancy LEK Consulting to carry out an analytical study of the businesses in Portsmout…

Faun Trackway lands new order from the Australian armed forces

UAV mat outside the FAUN Trackway office
Posted on 10 Jan 2012 by

Faun Trackway, the defence division of Llangefni-based Faun-Zoeller, has secured a £800,000 order from the Australian armed forces.

The company’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing mat, which it unveiled for the first time at September’s DSEi defence exhibition in London, acts as a te…