BAE Systems Military Air & Information

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BAE Systems Military Air & Information
Division
Industry Defence
Aeronautics
Founded 2007
Headquarters Warton Aerodrome, Preston, Lancashire
Key people
Chris Boardman, Managing Director
Products Military Aircraft and Aerospace systems
Parent BAE Systems

BAE Systems Military Air & Information (MAI, formerly Military Air Solutions (MAS)) is a business unit of British defence company BAE Systems responsible for the design, development, manufacture and support of fixed wing military aircraft. MAI customers include the Royal Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, US Navy and Indian Air Force.

History[edit]

MAI was formed on 1 January 2011 through a merger of the Air Systems and CS&S Military Air Solutions & Support (MASS) business units. The unit through its products and operating bases encompasses nearly a hundred years of industrial history. MAI direct ancestors include the English Electric Company, De Havilland, British Aircraft Corporation, Avro, Blackburn Aircraft, Hawker Siddeley and the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

Some of the products that have been produced by MAI's predecessors include the Avro Vulcan, English Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter, English Electric Canberra, Blackburn Buccaneer and the ill-fated TSR-2. In recognition a Lightning fighter and Canberra bomber serve as gate guardians at MAI's Samlesbury site where both were manufactured.

Sites[edit]

A Hawk of the Red Arrows

The firm also has a major presence on many RAF stations; notably RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham.

Products[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

MAI assembled Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Air Force

Aircraft projects[edit]

UAVs and drones[edit]

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