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MBDA is a European developer and manufacturer of missiles.[3][4] It was formed as a joint venture by a merger of the guided missile divisions of Airbus, Leonardo, and BAE Systems in December 2001.[5] In 2016 the company had more than 10,500 employees. In 2017, MBDA recorded orders for €4.2 bn and an order book of 16.8 bn. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

FoundedDecember 2001; 17 years ago (2001-12)
Key people
Antoine Bouvier (CEO)
ProductsMissiles, missiles systems, countermeasures, countermining
RevenueIncrease 3.1 billion (2017)[2]
Number of employees
DivisionsMBDA Deutschland GmbH
SubsidiariesMatra Électronique


Shareholders, as of 2019:

    Airbus (37.5%)
    BAE Systems (37.5%)
    Leonardo (25%)

The consolidation of Europe's missile companies began in 1996, when parts of Matra Defence and BAe Dynamics merged their missile activities to form Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD). Matra BAe Dynamics represented half of Matra Hautes Technologies' missile business; the other half was Matra Missiles, which became Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles (AMM). Then, Matra group merged with Aérospatiale in 1999. In 2000, Aérospatiale-Matra became part of Airbus.[citation needed]

In 1998, GEC-Marconi Radar and Defence Systems and Alenia Difesa [it] combined their missile and radar activities to form Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS). In 1999 GEC-Marconi (renamed Marconi Electronic Systems) was sold to British Aerospace and became part of the merged company, BAE Systems.[citation needed]

In December 2001, MBD (including AMM) and the Missile and Missile Systems activities of AMS merged, creating MBDA.[6] In June 2005, LFK, a unit of Airbus Defence and Security Systems, agreed to be merged into MBDA. On 1 March 2006, LFK became MBDA Germany. ON 9 May 2012, the LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH became MBDA Deutschland GmbH. Since February 2002, MBDA has owned 40% of Inmize Sistemas S.L., a Spanish company which was formed to integrate the experience and technology of the major Spanish defence companies in the guided weapons sector. As AMS had R&D assets located in California, MBDA also managed to acquire development and production facilities in the United States, choosing to operate in the country as a wholly owned subsidiary, called MBDA Inc.[4] In December 2011, MBDA Inc acquired the Viper Strike activity of Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, Alabama.[7]


Overall, the group has 45 products in service and 15 more in development. MBDA's products include:



  1. ^ "Legal - MBDA".
  2. ^ "MBDA Financial". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ MBDA • European centres of excellence Archived 2010-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e MBDA Inc. US Division Corporate Page Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 28 September 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Airbus, BAE and Leonardo Complete MBDA Merger". Defense Daily International. 21 December 2001.
  7. ^ "MBDA purchases Northrop Grumman's Viper Strike munitions business".

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