BAE Systems is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE Systems is a
global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense, security
and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea. The company headquartered is in
Farnborough, Hampshire, England, that has global interests, particularly in North America
through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc. BAE us the largest defense contractor in Europe and
world’s second-largest. In 30 November 1999, the BAE Systems was formed by merger of two
British companies, Marconi Electronic Systems (MES), the defense electronics and naval
shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company (GEC), and aircraft, munitions and
naval systems manufacturer British Aerospace (BAe). It employs 130,000 people, including Joint
Ventures across 5 continents with more than 110 sites. It has annual sales of around 13 billion.
BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines,
space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range
of other defense product.
The BAE Systems sites in Warton and Salmesbury, Lancashire, are primarily involved in
the defense aviation business, involved in the design and manufacture of the Typhoon combat
aircraft, Hawk advanced jet trainer, Joint Strike Fighter and Nimrod MRA4 maritime
reconnaissance aircraft. In addition Warton is involved in the maintenance, upgrade and support
of various other military aircraft including the Tornado and Harrier.
As a manufacturer of products each worth many mullions of pounds, the associated tools,
machinery and equipment is also worth millions, and it is essential for BAE Systems to be able
to keep track of these assets. BAE Systems carries out work for a number of key customers,
including the Ministry of Defense (MOD), Department of Defense (DoD), NETMA (Nato
Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency) and others.
The company’s Typhoon, Tornado and Harrier fighter-