The Tier 1 consortium partners are as follows:

BAE SYSTEMS Military Air & Information (MAI)

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 83,400 people worldwide. Our wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.

We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

Part of BAE Systems, Military Air & Information is primarily involved in the air sector, employing 15,500 people.

Endorsed by the Royal Air Force and UK Government, we use all of the collective expertise gained down the decades to design and manufacture the very latest fixed wing combat and training aircraft for customers around the world.

As the business has developed so too has our service offer in a direct response to our customers’ needs. Our knowledge of the sector is encyclopaedic, so, as well as making aircraft, we also offer an array of associated training solutions and support services for customers worldwide.

Our unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capability is working to design and develop the technologies that will be used in the aircraft and systems of the future. With our advances technology demonstration programmes such as Mantis & Taranis, we are leading the world in the development and application of autonomous system design for unmanned aircraft.

BAE Systems Electronic Solutions

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; and power-and energy-management systems.

ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United Kingdom and United States.

Electronic Systems products are organized in six business areas and supported by an advanced technology group.

Commercial Aircraft Solutions

Produces fly-by-wire flight controls; full authority digital engine controls; cockpit controls; head up displays; cabin management systems; and power management systems for some of the world’s most prominent commercial aircraft.

Communications & Control Solutions

Provides secure, networked communications and navigation systems; radio frequency communication and data links; aircraft digital flight control and display systems; advanced human-machine interfaces; enhanced situational awareness systems; and mission critical avionics.

Electronic Combat Solutions

Passive situational awareness and electronic attack for airborne and maritime platforms

HybriDrive® Solutions

A leading provider of Hybrid electric propulsion systems for transit buses and heavy-duty vocational trucks as well as vehicle power management systems.

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Solutions

Electro-optical, radio frequency, acoustic sensors, and signal intelligence systems for airborne, space, and maritime platforms.

Survivability & Targeting Solutions

Exploiting the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) spectrum to provide unmatched IR countermeasures; precision guidance and seeker solutions; advanced targeting solutions; and state-of-the-art tactical imaging systems. Also provides fused vision systems and scientific/medical imaging sensors.

Technology Solutions

Leading technology management and application engineering for our discriminatory domains

General Dynamics

General Dynamics UK is a leading prime contractor and complex systems integrator working in partnership with government, military and private companies around the world.

General Dynamics UK has more than 50 years experience in technical leadership, manufacturing expertise and prime contract management skills to deliver C4I communications solutions, Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) capability and avionics systems.

General Dynamics UK delivers avionics equipment used in rotary and fixed wing platforms, highly integrated mission and video management systems, flexible stores management systems, data link processing and video and data recorders for UK and international customers. The Company has more than 50 years’ experience providing advanced electronic solutions for the air, maritime and land markets.”

Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Airborne & Space Systems Division is the consolidation of a wide range of businesses that are recognised as technological leaders in the aerospace domain, providing sensing, communications, platform protection and mission management capabilities.

From design and development to through-life support, the Division works with its customers around the world to help them on their journey to mission success.

The Airborne & Space Systems Division’s proven pedigree includes tactical ISTAR systems, avionics, sensors, defensive aids, tracking, targeting, navigation, command and control, and simulation. Working in partnership with prime contractors and Armed Forces worldwide, the Division integrates optimised functionality into both platforms and networked-based architectures, across air, land and sea.

Technology is our tool. Owning our core technologies from start to finish, we are continuously pursuing innovation. Combining this culture of innovation with leadership in sensing and systems integration, the company creates true mission-focused solutions tailored to individual customer needs.

Through our systems integration expertise and our partnerships, Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Airborne & Space Systems Division has the capability to support our own systems and those of third parties. We are committed to supporting availability and providing continuous performance to our customers, whatever the mission or location. Our support and service solutions are reliable, bespoke and customer focused providing reduced cost, improved availability and lower customer risk.

Leonardo Helicopters

Leonardo’s Helicopter Division performs research, design, development, production, customer support and marketing of the company’s extensive range of modern helicopters for commercial, public service, and security and defence applications.

Current production covers all the main helicopter weight categories, from the 1.8 tonne single-engine to the 16 tonne three-engine. The plants, concentrated in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the United States, are fully integrated and are organised around ‘centres of excellence’ that support the final assembly lines.

The Division is able to manage the entire helicopter development and production cycle.

From 1 January 2016, the Helicopter Division has absorbed the activities of Agusta Westland.


Thales is a global technology leader with over 68,000 employees in 50 countries and €13 billion in revenues. The company operates in two major sectors: Aerospace & Transport (40%) and Defence & Security (60%). Thales is a major Prime Contractor serving all branches of the armed forces and provides operational mission support through systems and equipment on all types of platforms. Thales serves governments, institutional customers and civil operators protecting: Critical infrastructures and borders; Critical information systems and Sensitive data with integrated, resilient solutions.

Thales systems are present on all types of civil and military aircraft and all major new aircraft programmes, serving aircraft manufacturers, airlines and civil aviation authorities, addressing the need for continuous improvement in air transport safety and efficiency. Thales is the only company with leadership positions in both electronic onboard equipment and ground-based systems (navigation, control, simulation) and a major player in Space through Thales Alenia Space, serving satellite operators, space agencies and defence customers, supporting the design, development and deployment of orbital and ground infrastructures For telecommunications, Earth observation, navigation and scientific missions.