Ownership Structure

MBDA have three major aeronautical and defence shareholders. BAE Systems and Airbus Group have 37.5% shares respectively and Finmeccanica have a 25% share. This makes us the first truly integrated European defence company.

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Present

MBDA first moved to Stevenage

1953

Thunderbird

1959

Hawker Siddeley Dynamics formed

1960

BAC formed from merger of English Electric Aviation Ltd., Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft), the Bristol Aeroplane Company and Hunting Aircraft

1960

Swingfire

1969

Rapier

1971

Milan

1972

Skyflash

1978

Seawolf

1979

Sea Skua

1982

Sea Eagle

1985

ALARM

1990

Vertical launch (VL) Sea Wolf

1991

Rapier FSC

1996

Matra BAe Dynamics formed by a merger Matra Defense of France and BAe Dynamics

1996

ASRAAM

1998

MBDA formed by a merger of Matra BAe Dynamics Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles and Alenia Marconi Systems

2001

Storm Shadow

2002

Brimstone

2005

LFK join MBDA

2006

Dual Mode Brimstone

2008

Sea Ceptor contract awarded

2013

Meteor

2015

Corporate responsibility

Our increasingly complicated landscape involves multiple stakeholders, each with their own expectations beyond simply delivering products and services profitably. To meet these expectations it is necessary to: measure and manage our social and environmental performance; seek external certification of key activities; implement actions and projects to improve our sustainability and be transparent about the results.

Security requirements

The Code of Ethics is the cornerstone of our Integrity Programme. It sets out the ethical principles all of us are expected to follow. 

It is based upon the three following general principles:

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Commitment to Integrity

Seeking guidance and reporting concerns

 

Supporting Communities

MBDA UK has been involved with a programme called Charity Challenge for several years. Each year a different local charity is chosen and we actively encourage all of our employees to help support it in some way. Many of our employees also engage in volunteer positions outside of work such as reservist activity and becoming school governors and this is actively supported by the business. 

Environmental Sustainability

As a business, environmental management is affecting us in several different ways. We have to maintain compliance with the complexity of environmental legislation, improve our environmental performance in areas such as waste management and energy efficiency and even use an environmental design philosophy for our products to minimise the use of hazardous substances.

The importance of environmental management will only continue to grow over the coming years. A proactive approach to managing the environment now is essential if we are to maintain legal compliance, improve environmental performance and stay ahead of forthcoming environmental constraints. As such, environmental issues are taken very seriously and we have a team dedicated to seeking ways to constantly improve our performance.