BAe Dynamics

British Aerospace Dynamics Limited (BADL or BAe Dynamics) was a division of British Aerospace.

British Aerospace Dynamics Group
IndustryDefence, Spacecraft
DefunctAugust 1996
FateMerged with Matra in 1996
SuccessorMatra BAe Dynamics
Area served
ProductsMissiles, Satellites
ParentBritish Aerospace


British Aerospace was created in April 1977 by the merger of the British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics and Scottish Aviation.


There were two companies in the formation:

The missile, weapon systems and space businesses of these companies were merged into British Aerospace Dynamics Limited (BADL), a wholly owned subsidiary of BAe.

In December 1979, Euromissile Dynamics Group was formed with Aérospatiale of Toulouse, France and MBB of Ottobrunn.


British Aerospace was partially privatised on 4 February 1981. In 1989, the then fully privatised BAe instituted a company wide restructuring. BAe Dynamics was rationalised with the particular aim of reducing costs. Along with redundancies the main part of this was the closing of four of the company's facilities; Bracknell, Hatfield, Bolton and Weymouth.

In 1981, it was conducting important research into passive infrared surveillance.

Subsidiary companyEdit

On 1 January 1992, British Aerospace Defence Ltd began trading as a wholly owned subsidiary of BAe. Previously separate defence companies now operated as divisions of that subsidiary:

  • British Aerospace (Dynamics) Ltd
  • British Aerospace (Military Aircraft) Ltd,
  • Royal Ordnance plc
  • British Aerospace Systems and Services Division (BAe SSD)

In 1994, the BAe Dynamics subsidiary British Aerospace Space Systems was sold to Matra Marconi Space.

In the mid-1990s, development work for the Meteor missile took place.

Merger with MatraEdit

In 1996, BAe Dynamics' guided weapons division was merged with a division of Matra Defense to form the (then) largest European missile manufacturer, Matra BAe Dynamics. This group now forms part of MBDA.



In 1980, it built a space camera at its Filton site. It built a 107,000 sq ft (9,900 m2) factory in the mid-1980s at Filton for design, production and testing of satellites.




Chief executivesEdit

  • George Jefferson (1977–1980), also chairman, and former managing director of managing director of English Electric Guided Weapons Division, and BAC (Guided Weapons), and later the first Chairman of British Telecom from 1980
  • Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo (1980–)