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BAE Systems

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2011. BAE Systems Warehouse – Bradford. (photo by Jonathon Tattersall).
2011. BAE Systems Warehouse – Bradford. (photo by Jonathon Tattersall).
2011. BAE Systems Warehouse – Bradford. (photo by Jonathon Tattersall).

1999 November 30th. BAE Systems was formed by the £7.7 billion merger of British Aerospace (BAe) and Marconi Electronic Systems.

2002 The company employed 111,578 people, achieved export sales of £3 billion and paid £2.6 billion in taxes. These figures exclude the contribution of Airbus UK

2003 BAE Systems split its ship and submarine building operations - the VSEL unit became an independent division known as BAE Systems Submarines. This was renamed BAE Systems Submarine Solutions in January 2007.

2015 Employs 82,500 persons across 400 sites in over 40 countries of which 33,800 persons are in the UK (63 sites). Sales are £17.9bn of which 92% are defence-related. Divisions are Air (53%), Marine (28%), Land (13%) and Cyber (6%).[1]


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  1. 2015 Annual Report p4