The UK is host to many of EADS key activities. With nearly 15,000 employees, EADS is firmly rooted in the UK’s advanced technology industrial base. There is a strong presence of the Group throughout the United Kingdom: Airbus UK has the Airbus centre of excellence in wing work, Astrium is the UK’s largest space company, Paradigm has set up and operates the world’s first commercial provider of military satellite communications services, Systems integration and cryptography are strongholds of Cassidian and MBDA is a leader in missile systems with cutting-edge research and manufacturing facilities. EADS also invests firmly in R&D in the UK with a network of universities, research centres and government bodies demonstrating the Group’s commitment to long-term investment in technology and skills.
The Airbus sites at Filton, near Bristol, and Broughton, North Wales, are part of the Centre of Excellence - Wing/Pylon. Around 140,000 jobs are generated in the UK by Airbus wing work, directly as well as indirectly through supplier contracts. One of the most prominent projects is the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA). 14 A330 MRTT have been ordered for the RAF. The first FSTA made its maiden flight on Sept. 16 2010, beginning a flight-test programme that will lead to first delivery to the RAF by the end of 2011.
Astrium Services’ wholly-owned subsidiary Paradigm in the UK is the world’s leading commercial provider of military-grade satellite communications. Paradigm is the prime contractor for the Skynet 5 contract with the UK Ministry of Defence valued at £3.6bn. The programme provides mobile voice, video, internet and broadcast communications for the UK armed forces, as well as a range of other Government departments and agencies.
CORMORANT developed by Cassidian will provide the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force with a comprehensive modern communications capability. In August 2010, Cassidian successfully acquired Regency IT strengthening the company’s cyber capabilities in the UK. Cassidian is already recognised internationally as a trusted and preferred player in the global Cyber Security market offering high-speed crypto products (such as ECTOCRYP® developed in Newport/Wales) and managed encryption services.
Eurocopter products represent 75% of the UK police helicopter fleet in service and have proven to be the favorite solutions for police air support all across Europe and worldwide.