BAE Systems buys UK heavy lifting drone firm

BAE Systems buys UK heavy lifting drone firm

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By Nick Flaherty

BAE Systems has acquired Malloy Aeronautics in the UK for its heavy lift drone and aeronautical technologies.

Malloy Aeronautics designs and supplies all-electric heavy lifting uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) to both civil and military customers. The range of uncrewed, heavy lift quadcopters are capable of lifting payloads from 68kg to 300kg over short to medium range missions.

The drone platforms developed by Malloy have interchangeable capabilities and greater flexibility and will become part of the FalconWorks business, which has six sites across the UK and works with four UK universities and four research institutes.

Malloy’s approximately 80 strong workforce will continue to operate from its site in Berkshire, supporting its existing customers. BAE Systems and Malloy, who have been working together since 2021, will further develop Malloy’s existing portfolio and accelerate new and novel technologies to customers worldwide.

The two have been working together on the 300kg T-650 all-electric ‘heavy lift’ drone for rapid response. Last year, the companies announced the successful demonstration of T-600 electric uncrewed demonstrator aircraft during a large NATO exercise known as REPMUS (Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping with Maritime Uncrewed Systems).

“Our acquisition of Malloy Aeronautics is part of our ongoing strategy to develop and invest in breakthrough technologies which augment our existing capabilities and provide our customers with the innovation they need in response to evolving requirements.  We’re confident that the synergy between our two companies will pave the way for even greater achievements in uncrewed aerial systems and technologies,” said Simon Barnes, Group Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Air sector

“We’ve come a long way over the last ten years, turning our vision of sustainable electric heavy lift technology into reality, thanks to the dedication and efforts of our team. This new step in our journey with BAE Systems will allow us to combine the strengths and vision of a young company with the reach and support of an experienced one, ultimately giving our customers the ability to scale their demands and allow us to deliver innovative new products – including the T-650 – at pace,” said Oriol Badia, Chief Operating Officer of Malloy Aeronautics.


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