46 Facts About BAE Systems


BAE Systems plc is a British multinational arms, security, and aerospace company based in London, England.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,519

BAE Systems is the successor to various aircraft, shipbuilding, armoured vehicle, armaments and defence electronics companies.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,520

Since its formation in 1999, BAE Systems has made a number of acquisitions, most notably of United Defense and Armor Holdings of the United States, and sold its shares in Airbus, Astrium, AMS and Atlas Elektronik.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,521

BAE Systems is listed on the London Stock Exchange's FTSE 100 Index.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,522

BAE Systems had emerged from the massive consolidation of UK aircraft manufacturers since World War II.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,523

Marconi Electronic BAE Systems was the defence subsidiary of British engineering firm the General Electric Company, dealing largely in military systems integration, as well as naval and land systems.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,524

BAE Systems inherited the UK government-owned "golden" share that was established when British Aerospace was privatised.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,525

BAE Systems described 2001 as an "important year" for its European joint ventures, which were reorganised considerably.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,526

The review confirmed the attractiveness of the land systems sector and, with two acquisitions in 2004 and 2005, BAE moved from a limited land systems supplier to the second largest such company in the world.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,527

Between 2008 and early 2011 BAE Systems acquired five cybersecurity companies in a shift in strategy to take account of reduced spending by governments on "traditional defence items such as warships and tanks".

FactSnippet No. 1,597,528

In June 2002, BAE Systems confirmed it was in takeover discussions with TRW, an American aerospace, automotive and defence business.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,529

On 4 June 2004, BAE Systems outbid General Dynamics for Alvis Vickers, the UK's main manufacturer of armoured vehicles.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,530

In December 2005, BAE Systems announced the sale of its German naval systems subsidiary, Atlas Elektronik, to ThyssenKrupp and EADS.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,531

One of BAE Systems' major aims, as highlighted in the 2005 Annual Report, was the granting of increased technology transfer between the UK and the US.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,532

BAE Systems was a manufacturer of tactical wheeled vehicles and a provider of vehicle and individual armour systems and survivability technologies.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,533

BAE Systems was a technology partner to the McLaren Formula One team from 1996 to December 2007.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,534

BAE Systems inherited British Aerospace's share of Airbus Industrie, which consisted of two factories at Broughton and Filton.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,535

The BAE Systems board recommended that the company proceed with the sale.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,536

In September 2010 BAE Systems announced plans to sell the Platform Solutions division of BAE Systems Inc, which the Financial Times estimated could yield as much as £1.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,537

BAE Systems sold the regional aircraft leasing and asset management arm of its Regional Aircraft business in May 2011.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,538

BAE Systems retained the support and engineering activities of the business.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,539

In September 2011, BAE Systems began consultation with unions and workers over plans to cut nearly 3,000 jobs, mostly in the company's military aircraft division.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,540

In November 2013, BAE Systems announced that shipbuilding would cease in Portsmouth in 2014 with the loss of 940 jobs, and a further 835 jobs would be lost at Filton, near Bristol, and at the shipyards in Govan, Rosyth, and Scotstoun in Scotland.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,541

On 10 October 2017, BAE Systems announced that it would lay off nearly 2,000 out of its approximately 35,000 employees in Britain, mainly due to an order shortage for the Typhoon fighter.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,542

The resultant joint venture, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, was established in July 2019 following regulatory approval and is headquartered at the existing facility in Telford, Shropshire.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,543

BAE Systems plays a significant role in the production of military equipment.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,544

BAE Systems is a major partner in the F-35 Lightning II programme.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,545

BAE Systems is indirectly engaged in production of nuclear weapons – through its share of MBDA it is involved with the production and support of the ASMP missile, an air-launched nuclear missile which forms part of the French nuclear deterrent.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,546

BAE Systems is the UK's only nuclear submarine manufacturer and thus produces a key element of the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons capability.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,547

BAE Systems defines its "principal markets" to be Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,548

BAE Systems was operating in "the only truly open defence market", which meant it was competing with US and European companies for British defence projects, while they were protected in their home markets.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,549

BAE Systems has been allowed to buy important defence contractors in the US, however its status as a UK company requires that its US subsidiaries are governed by American executives under Special Security Arrangements.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,550

BAE Systems faces fewer impediments in this sense than its European counterparts, as there is a high degree of integration between the US and UK defence establishments.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,551

BAE Systems Australia is one of the largest defence contractors in Australia, having more than doubled in size with the acquisition of Tenix Defence in 2008.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,552

BAE Systems has its head office and its registered office in City of Westminster, London.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,553

BAE Systems has been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for the use of corruption to help sell arms to Chile, Czech Republic, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania and Qatar.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,554

The finding stated that "in the past BAE Systems did not pay sufficient attention to ethical standards in the way it conducted business", and was described by the BBC as "an embarrassing admission".

FactSnippet No. 1,597,555

On 5 February 2010, BAE Systems agreed to pay criminal fines of £257 million to the US and £30 million to the UK.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,556

The $400 million fine was a result of a plea bargain with the US Department of Justice whereby BAE Systems was convicted of felony conspiracy to defraud the United States government.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,557

BAE Systems did not directly admit to bribery, and is thus not internationally blacklisted from future contracts.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,558

In June 2007, the BBC's Panorama alleged BAE Systems "paid hundreds of millions of pounds to the ex-Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar bin Sultan" in return for his role in the Al Yamamah deals.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,559

BAE Systems ran into controversy in 2002 over the abnormally high cost of a radar system sold to Tanzania.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,560

In September 2003 The Sunday Times reported that BAE Systems had hired a private security contractor to collate information about individuals working at CAAT and their activities.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,561

In 2003, BAE Systems was criticised for its role in the production of cluster bombs, due to the long term risk for injury or death to civilians.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,562

The Independent reported that BAE Systems-supplied aircraft were used to bomb Red Cross and MSF hospitals in Yemen.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,563

In January 2021 following the 2021 United States Capitol attack BAE Systems announced that it was suspending political donations in the US.

FactSnippet No. 1,597,564