Interview: Rocket Man reaches 40-not out

Talking to employees by Dual Mode Brimstone
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by

What Bernard Waldron MBE doesn’t know about manufacturing complex missile systems could be written on the back of a rocket motor initiator (that’s a very small component). He’s also passionate about training tomorrow’s young engineers, Will Stirling discovers.

Bernard Waldron’s experience a…

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 consulta…

Submarine steelworker wins BAE Systems’ apprentice of the year award

Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by

Tom Crowe, a 20-year old BAE Systems apprentice from the company’s submarine business, has been named ‘BAE Systems Apprentice of the Year’.

BAE Systems’ proprietary awards recognise excellence in the workplace and academic study, and an award is also given for work in the community.

Tom joined BA…

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 contract…

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 the F-…

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 consultancy, …

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…