BAE Systems has been appointed to lead the industry group within the United Kingdom’s Missile Defence Centre (MDC), formally launched recently by Lord Bach, Minister for Defence Procurement.
According to BAE Systems, the MDC is a joint UK government and industry initiative that will provide an interface between the UK government and the US Missile Defense Agency. It will also as act as a forum to facilitate collaboration between UK/US industrial parties on missile defence.
The MDC will facilitate the exchange of information between the US Missile Defence Agency and the UK in order to generate the best technical advice for policy makers considering future options for the defence of the UK and Europe. The MDC will also act as a platform for UK industry to showcase its capability to the US Missile Defense Programme via a series of co-ordinated technical programmes of work.
BAE Systems Future Systems was selected to act as lead contractor for a pan industry team comprising AMS, ASA, BAE Systems, Insys, MBDA, QinetiQ and STASYS. Initial work will focus on areas of interest to both MoD and industry where it is believed value can be added to the US Missile Defense Programme.
Within the UK Missile Defence Centre, BAE Systems C4ISR is responsible for Command, Control and Battle Management Communications (C2BMC) and integration. Working closely with the MoD, the Defence Science and Technical Laboratories (Dstl) and other UK Industry partners C4ISR will be responsible for evaluating complex system issues.
David Bond, Project Director, Missile Defence at BAE Systems said; ‘We are delighted to be involved in this unique partnership between UK Industry and the UK MoD. This will significantly enhance the industrial co-operation BAE Systems has already put in place with key US contractors.’