BAE Systems

BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company.

BAE Systems provides electronic systems and subsystems for military and commercial applications; security and protection products for law enforcement and first responders; and armored combat vehicles, artillery systems, and intelligent munitions, as well as support and service solutions for defense, intelligent, and civilian systems.

BAE Systems formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies: Marconi Electronic Systems (MES) – the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc (GEC) – and British Aerospace (BAe) – an aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer.Its largest operations are in the United Kingdom and United States, where its BAE Systems Inc. subsidiary is one of the six largest suppliers to the US Department of Defense. Other major markets include Australia, India, and Saudi Arabia, which account for about 20% of BAE's overall sales. It is the biggest manufacturer in Britain.

BAE Systems is involved in several major defence projects, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Astute-class submarine and the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. BAE Systems is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

BAE Systems inherited British Aerospace's share of Airbus Industrie, which consisted of two factories at Broughton and Filton. These facilities manufactured wings for the Airbus family of aircraft. In 2001 Airbus was incorporated as Airbus SAS, a joint stock company. In return for a 20% share in the new company BAE Systems transferred ownership of its Airbus plants (known as Airbus UK) to the new company.


BAE Systems ranked #498 on the 2017 Fortune 500 list.


BAE Systems in the News:

BAE Systems to cut nearly 2000 UK jobs.
BAE Systems Develops Cyber Defense Capabilities for Military Aircraft.



  • Year founded: 1999
  • Funding Info: $84.8M in 5 funding rounds (Last funding type: Grant)- BAE Systems has acquired 19 organizations as well as made 3 investments to date
  • Yearly Revenue: 18.32 billion GBP (2017)
  • Employee Size: 10000+
  • Business Valuation: Mkt Cap: 15.21B (GBP) as of Feb 22, 2019
  • City/Town: Farnborough
  • State: London
  • Country: United Kingdom
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