ENGINEERING

Talented minds. Real expertise. Cutting-edge engineering.

Engineering focuses on the core elements of our business – designing and producing our missile systems. Our Engineers sit at the very heart of our business, playing a critical role in delivering the products and technology necessary to meet our customers' needs and MBDA's future business strategy. 

As a trusted partner of the UK Ministry of Defence, our relationship with the UK military spans back over 70 years. We’ve delivered countless landmarks in defence engineering, supplying vital defence capability to meet the needs of the armed forces over land, sea, and air.

From Seekers to Warheads, Requirements to Integration, Missiles to Launchers, our Engineers ensure that MBDA's products remain at the forefront of technical innovation and deliver competitive advantage to our sovereign nations and export partners alike.

 

ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES

Our Engineering opportunities fall under the following disciplines:

  • Weapon System Architecture & Equipment (WSA&E)
  • Software Engineering & Technologies 
  • Missile Dynamics 
  • Systems Design & Validation
  • Seeker and Datalinks Systems
  • Future Systems
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
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ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics at MBDA has a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills and a wide range of ongoing activities, providing opportunities to work on the entire MBDA UK portfolio from concept phase, through maturation and development, to in-service support.

Our world-class capability in airframe design and guided weapons aerodynamics ensures that MBDA is one of the few European companies with a core of experts who can cover the full operating domain.

This is supported by investment in novel airframe design, multi-disciplinary optimisation and rapid analysis methods.

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Battle Modelling

The Battle Modelling team develops and uses a suite of mathematical modelling and simulation tools, including an air combat flight simulator.

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Concept Studies

Concept Studies provide customers with capability, technological and programmatic data for helping program decisions.

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Configuration Management

Configuration Management involves the management, planning and control of the configuration of the product throughout its life cycle - from the preliminary and development phases, to the definitions of the applicable and applied configuration, SW configuration, mass production and logistic configuration up to all levels required by the contract.

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Command and Control Hardware Design & Integration

Our system designers must have a broad understanding of software design processes and architectures, complex algorithms, system logic, safety, security, operator viewpoints and operational context. They must work with conventional system engineers, software designers, model developers, synthetic environments and human factor specialists.

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Datalinks Systems

The Datalinks Team develop and implement the equipment involved in the communications between Missile and Weapon system from System level through to equipment definition.

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Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC)

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Embedded Software

MBDA has a long-standing capability in missile embedded software, responsible for all aspects of missile behaviour during operation. Software is prevalent in most subsystems including the weapon control unit, actuators, seekers and datalinks. These sub-systems are typically characterised as hard real-time, high integrity requiring both architectural and algorithmically complex solutions.

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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering & Facilities (EE&F) provide MBDA with the ability to simulate real world mechanical and climatic environments (vibration, shock, temperature, etc.). 

Our Environmental Engineers provide expertise throughout the life cycle and generate evidence to demonstrate that MBDA’s products are safe, suitable for service and meet our customer’s expectations.

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Guidance, Control & Navigation

Our Guidance Control & Navigation specialists develop the specifications required for missile aerodynamics, seekers, propulsion units, fin actuators, altimeters and inertial measurement units (IMUs) along with their synchronicity.

Preliminary designs for the mid-course and terminal guidance laws and the autopilot give way to detailed trade-off simulation studies, eventually yielding the optimised detailed design of G&C algorithms into flight software.

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Hardware in the Loop

The Hardware in the Loop (HWIL) department is a unique facility that integrates complex missile subsystems and simulates their dynamic flights as if in a real-world environment.

Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) simulation is a technique to provide an effective platform for developing and testing real-time embedded systems. This enables MBDA to construct and use a range of complex simulations of modern weapon systems, employing Infra-red (IR) or radio-frequency (RF) sensors to analyse their performance against targets and counter-measures in both the infrared and radio wavebands.

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Human Factors

Human Factors Engineering ensures that systems and equipment designs match the user requirements. Human Factors is integrated within Systems Engineering to provide essential user input early and throughout a product’s life cycle. MBDA UK’s experience covers the design and evaluation of systems across a range of military applications.

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Integration & Systems Validation

The Integration & Systems Validation functions play a critical role in the development and proving of MBDA’s new and existing products. ISV engineers work on a variety of tasks such as the development of test equipment and test scripts, Integration of prime system equipment and test equipment and analysis and reporting of trials data.

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Image Processing

The Image Processing department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of MBDA products. We work on high complexity weapon systems and understand how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms we design lie at the heart of the missile system.

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Lethality & Warheads

MBDA is responsible for the design of many warheads and its expertise supports the whole product life-cycle, from the development of concept warhead solutions, through qualification, to life-extension of in-service warheads.

Supporting skills include expertise in the characteristics of explosives, modelling and simulation of impact, explosive effects and lethality performance, warhead design, and the planning and safe conduct of trials and testing of explosive devices.


This capability is organised into the Anglo-French Complex Warheads Centre of Excellence located at Bolton, Stevenage and Le-Plessis Robinson in Paris, providing opportunities for working internationally with colleagues in France, Germany and Italy.

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Material Technology

The Materials Technology area works on the application, proving and testing of materials. Looking at areas such as metallic material properties, joining technologies and providing test & evaluation using techniques such as infra-Red microscopy, the team plays an important part of making sure all of the materials MBDA use for their products are fit-for-purpose.

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Mechanical Analysis

The Mechanical Analysis Group is responsible for analysing the structural integrity and thermal performance of a design under its range of operating conditions. Working on areas such as static strength analysis, dynamic performance analysts and heat transfer through & between structures.

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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Team develop, design and support mechanical aspects of our products throughout their life-cycle in order to meet the required timescales and cost, while maintaining optimised performance for all current and future MBDA projects. These aspects include:

  • Physical missile & systems product design 
  • Missile mechanical airframes
  • Mechanical, electromechanical, and (small) pyrotechnic sub-systems
  • The management of in-house associated engineering centres of excellence
  • Future preparation through implementing a strategic approach to innovation, technology, modularity, skills and investment across MBDA customer. 

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Mission Planning and Control

Mission Planning and Control produce systems in conjuction with the missile design team. They liaise with the software teams who undertake the software design and code. Close involvement with the customer throughout ensures that the solution matches their concept of operation and is easy to use. The team develop communications systems mainly using COTS/MOTS components in order to meet the performance and increasingly strict INFOSEC needs.

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Propulsion

The Propulsion technology skill area is fundamental in determining the performance characteristics of a missile system.

Our ability to define and integrate propulsion systems is vital in ensuring that future missile systems can match the increasingly demanding battlefield requirements for longer range, higher velocity and greater manoeuvrability against time critical targets.

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Quality Assurance and Improvement

Quality Assurance and Improvement help to ensure that MBDA’s hi-tech systems are delivered to the required standard. By providing Product Assurance, this team acts as advisories to areas such as Commercial and work with internal stakeholders, suppliers and the customer for both hardware and software activities.

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Safety and Dependability (S&D)

Safety and Dependability (S&D) provide specialist functional support in the areas of safety, reliability and information security to assist project teams in the management of these technical risks. Our experts are either seconded to project teams or operate on a consultancy basis, depending upon the project stage and need.

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Seekers

A seeker is the radar unit located at the front of a missile that detects, acquires and tracks targets; it is a key complex weapon sub-system. Our Seeker Engineers develop, lead-in the production of and integrate dual mode seekers for anti-air, anti-ship, anti-tank, ground attack and anti-radiation applications. 

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Sensors

Sensors are key components of MBDA products, encompassing the seekers and instrumentation sensors for guided weapon systems.  

Our Sensors department works on projects that cover the full product lifecycle from research, through to early concept phase, to full product design and production programmes. We cover ElectroOptic (EO) Seekers & Sensors and RF Systems & Datalink technologies with applications covering systems design work, hardware and firmware. Roles typically specialise in EO or RF.

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Servo-Actuation Systems

Servo-Actuation Systems are responsible for the actuation servo control systems design and performance modelling, generation of control algorithms and conduction of model validation testing on hardware.

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Simulation & Modelling

Simulation & Modelling produces mathematical representations of the characteristics of a real-world system or situation. Mathematical models are executed in a computer to simulate predictions of future system behaviour under a variety of different conditions. This capability is continuously improved through a multi-national research programme.

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Stealth

MBDA holds a strong skill in all the Stealth fields, acknowledged also by DGA and by other industrial companies. The Expertise Center DGA-MI uses the numerical simulation developed by the stealth MBDA’s experts.The stealth performance of MBDA's missiles allows our company to hold a very first rank on world level and to consider its capabilities in this field as an major advantage for its long range cruise missiles.

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Synthetic Environments

Linking together models, simulations and real equipment to support the weapon system development is essential in testing our future systems. The use of SE can range from concept studies employing relatively low fidelity models, to experiments incorporating real equipment and military personnel across a number of sites.

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Systems Design

Our System Design engineers are fundamental to the development activities of our systems. And our world class defence products cover all segments of the missile industry in terms of platforms and targets (Ground and Naval Based Defence, Air-to-Air, Precision Strike, Anti-Tank and airborne countermeasure systems).

Systems Design Engineers work within the design community, defining the specifications for developing missile and weapon systems within either the Missile Design or Weapon System Design divisions. We deliver systems engineering at each stage of the product development life-cycle ranging from understanding the required system behaviours, system design and specification, through to integration, test, and analysis of achieved system performance.

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Systems Design & Assessment

Our System Design engineers are fundamental to the development activities of our systems. And our world class defence products cover all segments of the missile industry in terms of platforms and targets (Ground and Naval Based Defence, Air-to-Air, Precision Strike, Anti-Tank and airborne countermeasure systems).

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Systems Design and Integration

Systems Design and Integration is responsible for developing and providing the expertise for products in their development phase for Weapon Systems, Missiles, Firing units and Countermeasures.

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Systems Engineering

At its core, each project has a Systems Engineering team considering the whole Systems Engineering lifecycle from Concept to System Acceptance, interfacing directly with the Customer and other stakeholders to develop and deliver a fit for purpose solution. Skills required to support this include SysML, requirements management, functional & physical definition, safety & security awareness, environmental constraints, performance assessment, specification proving and certification.

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Test Software

Supporting all MBDA’s product range, we deliver effective test software solutions, from a single missile test harness; to the simulation of complete missile control and launch systems; to the development of training packages. Working alongside the prime equipment development teams, this domain requires very agile solutions, being responsive to the various demands of the products and the environment.

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Thermal

Thermal analysis is a field of competences in full evolution, at the crossroads of the development of innovative architectures and the growing contribution of multiphysic analyses. MBDA expertise covers all phases of the lifecycle: concept, development, qualification and in-service sustainment. Consequently the thermal analysis skills cover a wide field of applications and techniques requiring an in-depth knowledge of high temperature phenomena in particular (hypersonic, combustion chamber, thrust vector control system, thermal protection, fin actuators,
energetic materials, safety, etc.)

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Weapon System Equipment

Our innovative approach to hardware elements allows for rapid prototyping of future systems and has been successful in the design of our Firing Units. We’re also developing key Weapon System equipment policies that will maximise our efficiency. These solutions will then be applied to the design of other hardware domains, such as shelters and data links.

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