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Industry  Defence, attack
Website  mbda-systems.com
Revenue  2.9 billion EUR
Number of employees  10,000
Key people  Antoine Bouvier (CEO)
Headquarters  Stevenage, United Kingdom
Founded  December 2001
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Products  Missiles, missiles systems, countermeasures, countermining
Divisions  MBDA Deutschland GmbH MBDA Inc.
CEO  Antoine Bouvier (11 Jun 2007–)
Parent organizations  Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Leonardo S.p.A.
Subsidiaries  MBDA Deutschland GmbH, ROXEL S.A.S., Inmize

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MBDA is a European developer and manufacturer of missiles. It was formed by a merger of French Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles (of EADS, now Airbus Group), Italian Alenia Marconi Systems (now Leonardo) and British Matra BAe Dynamics (of BAE Systems) in December 2001. In 2015 the company had 10,000 employees. In 2015, MBDA recorded orders for €5.2bn and an order book of €15.1 bn. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.


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The consolidation of Europe's missile companies began in 1996, when parts of Matra Defense and BAe Dynamics merged their missile activities to form Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD). Matra BAe Dynamics represented half of Matra Hautes Technologies' missile business, the other half was Matra Missiles which became Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles (AMM). Then, Matra group merged with Aérospatiale in 1999. In 2000, Aérospatiale-Matra became part of EADS.

In 1998, GEC-Marconi Radar and Defence Systems and Alenia Difesa combined their missile and radar activities to form Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS). In 1999 GEC-Marconi (renamed Marconi Electronic Systems) was sold to British Aerospace and became part of the merged company, BAE Systems.

In December 2001, MBD (including AMM) and the Missile and Missile Systems activities of AMS merged, creating MBDA. In June 2005, LFK, a unit of EADS Defence and Security Systems, agreed to be merged into MBDA. On 1 March 2006, LFK became MBDA Germany. ON 9 May 2012, the LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH became MBDA Deutschland GmbH. Since February 2002, MBDA owns 40% of Inmize Sistemas S.L., a Spanish company which was formed to integrate the experience and technology of the major Spanish defense companies in the guided weapons sector. As AMS had R&D assets located in California, MBDA also managed to acquire development and production facilities in the United States, choosing to operate in the country as a wholly owned subsidiary, called MBDA Inc. In December 2011, MBDA Inc acquired the Viper Strike activity of Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, Alabama.


Overall, the group has 45 products in service and 15 more in development. MBDA's products include:

  • Air-to-air missiles:
  • ASRAAM - short range, IR guided
  • Meteor - long range, active radar terminal homing
  • MICA - IR and radar guided versions (also SAM)
  • Surface-to-air missiles:
  • Mistral (also AAM)
  • Eurosam Aster - medium (Aster 15) and long range (Aster 30) SAMs land and naval versions
  • LFK NG (together with Diehl BGT Defence)
  • Aspide
  • Rapier
  • Sea Wolf
  • CAMM (air, land and naval versions)
  • Air-to-surface missiles:
  • Apache
  • Brimstone
  • Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG
  • AS-30L
  • PGM 500 and PGM 2000 guided missiles
  • ASMPA - French nuclear missile
  • Laser-Guided Zuni
  • Diamond Back range extension kit for the SDB
  • Viper Strike
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • Exocet (air-, surface ship-, coastal battery- and submarine-launched versions)
  • Otomat/Teseo
  • Sea Eagle
  • Marte (air-, surface ship- and coastal battery-launched versions)
  • Anti-tank missiles:
  • PARS 3 LR - long range (together with Diehl BGT Defence)
  • ERYX - short range
  • HOT
  • Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP)
  • Systems
  • Spada
  • Eurosam SAMP/T
  • PAAMS missile system comprising:
  • Eurosam PAAMS(E)
  • Eurosam SAAM-IT
  • Eurosam SAAM-FR
  • Next Generation Multiple Warhead System
  • Locations

  •  France:
  • Bourges
  • Selles-Saint-Denis
  • Le Plessis-Robinson
  •  Germany:
  • Schrobenhausen
  • Ulm
  • Aschau am Inn
  •  Italy:
  • La Spezia
  • Rome
  • Fusaro
  •  United Kingdom:
  • Filton, Bristol
  • Lostock, Bolton
  • Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • London
  •  United States:
  • Westlake Village, California
  • Washington, DC
  • Hunstville, Alabama
  • References

    MBDA Wikipedia

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