MBDA Consortium Wins U.K. Aerospace R&D Contract

MBDA LogoAn MBDA UK-led consortium has been awarded a research and development project recently launched by the Aerospace Growth Partnership and the UK Center of Aerodynamics to improve the aerospace technology market in the U.K.

The group includes BAE Systems, Airbus and Rolls Royce as representatives from the manufacturing industry, as well as aerodynamic modeling and technology providers and universities, MBDA said Monday.

Under the contract, the MBDA group will seek to develop ways to improve airframe models using airframe geometry and airflow technology, as well as share information and conduct complementary research activities with fellow members of the partnership.

“For MBDA, improving high-fidelity aerodynamic modelling techniques for complex airframes is essential for our future missile designs,” said Steve Wadey, MBDA’s Executive Group Director Technical and Managing Director UK.

MBDA said the Aerospace Growth Partnership’s Geometry Handling and Integration project has $7.8 million in investments from the Technology Strategy Board and other sources.

The partnership is a joint venture between the British government and the U.K. Center of Aerodynamics.

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