BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics

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BAE buys Malloy Aeronautics

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This could be interesting -

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... er-of-sky/

Delivery platform for Stingray?

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SD67 wrote: 01 Feb 2024, 19:46 This could be interesting -

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... er-of-sky/

Delivery platform for Stingray?
BAE developing ‘Land Rover of the sky’ that can transport troops

BAE is working with Malloy to develop the electric-powered T-650 drone, which can transport up to 300kg

BAE Systems is developing a new generation of heavy-lift military drones that can evacuate wounded troops and deliver supplies after snapping up a fast-growing British manufacturer.

The FTSE 100 defence giant on Thursday sealed a takeover of Malloy Aeronautics for an undisclosed sum, The Telegraph can reveal.

Berkshire-based Malloy is behind drones that the UK government has bought and supplied to Ukraine during the country’s war with Russia.

The takeover bolsters BAE’s presence in the rapidly growing market for unmanned aircraft, with the technology seen as having huge potential for both military and civil applications.

BAE is working with Malloy to develop the electric-powered T-650 drone, which can transport payloads of up to 300 kilograms – about the typical weight of a grand piano.

The T-650 will be able to have a range of attachments and different uses, including a “pod” that could eventually be used to safely transport wounded soldiers away from the front line of battle.

Neil Appleton, a BAE executive who is now taking over as chief executive of Malloy, said the heavy-lift quadcopter drones had the potential to become “the Land Rover of the air” because of their versatility.

He said: “The cost per flying hour is much, much cheaper than a traditional helicopter, and you’ve not got the risk to life.

“So this type of product should become the workhorse of militaries globally. They can save their high value assets for the more complicated missions.”

The vast majority of helicopter missions currently move payloads of 300kg or less, according to BAE, meaning militaries can instead use drones.

The T-650 will have a range of 30 kilometres on one charge when at maximum capacity. Its rechargeable battery packs can be swapped out for fast redeployment.

It would also be far cheaper to operate than a helicopter. A $37m (£29m) US Navy Seahawk helicopter costs a reported $14,500 per hour to operate, for example, whereas the drones would cost vastly less.

Mr Appleton said the T-650 was likely to have a price tag of tens of thousands of pounds or “about the price of a mid-range car”.

Drones have been heavily used by Kyiv in the war with Russia. Their cheap cost and ease of deployment has been used to devastating effect against bigger and more expensive assets such as Russian tanks.

Malloy’s unmanned aircraft could also be used to deploy weapons such as missiles in future. One of the company’s drones was shown successfully deploying a Sting Ray torpedo during Nato training exercises last year.

Oriol Badia, chief operating officer of Malloy, said potential civilian applications for the technology included using them as air ambulances, carrying repair equipment to wind turbines and oil rigs, and a range of other logistical tasks currently undertaken using aircraft.
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Potential civilian applications for the technology include carrying repair equipment to wind turbines Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Europe

Malloy is headquartered in Maidenhead and manufactures its drones there. Mr Appleton said there were plans to expand the production lines as BAE seeks to sell the drones to a wider group of Nato countries.

Mr Badia added: “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.”

The 80-person business will become part of FalconWorks, the research and development arm of BAE’s air division.

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SD67 wrote: 01 Feb 2024, 19:46 This could be interesting -

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/20 ... er-of-sky/

Delivery platform for Stingray?
Yes or the Future Lightweight Torpedo, which will either be an entirely new design or Stingray Mod2.

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Shame, I thought Malloy had a really good culture an opportunity to grow into something special.

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If BAE are smart they'll keep the culture and add capital + marketing muscle. Personally I think it's exciting, we (UK PLC) really need to scale up in UAVs

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The two companies have been working together for some time. I suspect the injection of Bae cash will be most welcome.

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