BAE Systems, a global leader in defense, security, and aerospace, has recently made an exciting acquisition that is set to revolutionize the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. The company has acquired Malloy Aeronautics, a British technology business known for its innovative heavy-lift drone and aeronautical technologies.
Malloy Aeronautics specializes in designing and supplying all-electric UAS to both civil and military customers. Their range of uncrewed heavy lift quadcopters are capable of lifting payloads ranging from 68kg to 300kg on short to medium range missions. These platforms offer interchangeable capabilities and greater flexibility at a fraction of the cost and time of more traditional methods while minimizing risk to expensive assets and human lives.
The acquisition sees BAE Systems taking over Malloy’s workforce of approximately 80 people who will continue to operate from their site in Berkshire, supporting existing clients. Both companies have been working together since 2021 to advance cutting-edge UAS solutions, with plans to further develop Malloy’s existing portfolio and accelerate new technologies for customers around the world.
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Simon Barnes, CEO of BAE Systems’ aviation sector group stated that “Our acquisition of Malloy Aeronautics is part of our ongoing strategy to develop and invest in innovative technologies that augment our existing capabilities and provide our customers with the innovation they need in response to changing requirements. We are confident that the synergy between our two companies will pave the way for even greater achievements in unmanned aerial systems and technologies.”
Oriol Badia, director of operations at Malloy Aeronautics also expressed excitement about this new chapter, stating “We have come a long way over the past ten years, realizing our vision of sustainable heavy electric lifting technology thanks to the dedication and efforts of our team. This new step in our journey with BAE Systems will allow us to combine strengths and vision ultimately giving our customers the ability to scale their demands.”
One major highlight resulting from this collaboration is the development of the T-650 all-electric “heavy lift” UAS which aims to deliver a cost-effective and sustainable rapid response capability for military, security, and civilian customers.
Besides, last year saw successful demonstration by BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics during a large NATO exercise where their T-600 Unmanned Electric Demonstrator Aircraft Achieved Major Milestone sUAS News . This demonstration showcased their potential within unmanned maritime systems.
Malloy Aeronautics will be integrated into FalconWorks®, which is BAE Systems’ research and development business within its Air sector. Dave Holmes, CEO of FalconWorks commented on this saying “Malloy’s experience and innovation are truly exciting additions…This acquisition supports our commitment to growing our portfolio.”
Evidently, this strategic move by BAE Systems signals an exciting future for advancements in UAS technology with potential benefits across various sectors including defense, security, commercial applications as well as humanitarian aid efforts. The collaboration between these two companies promises not only technological advancement but also increased capabilities for meeting customer needs worldwide.