Front of Malloy Aeronautics and center of new UK Drone Strategy

UK Defense Procurement Secretary James Cartledge announced the Government’s new Drone Strategy at Malloy Aeronautics’ Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) facility in Maidenhead on 22 February 2024.

Backed by at least £4.5 billion ($5.69 billion) of investment over the next decade, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) aims to accelerate access to unmanned systems for the UK Armed Forces by rapidly equipping them with innovative technology in air, sea and land.

At the heart of the business, it appears that Malloy – a supplier of all-electric UAS – could benefit significantly from this announcement, just 20 days after acquired by the British Defense Prime Minister, BAE Systems.

At the time of the deal, the value of which remains unknown, BAE said: “We are confident that the synergy between our two companies will pave the way for even greater achievements in UAS,” a claim that is now valid since the Government’s disclosure Drone Strategy.

“This new step in our journey with BAE Systems will allow us to combine the strengths and vision of a new company with the approach and support of an experienced company,” said Oriol Badia, COO of Malloy.

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An inability to access to the defense ecosystem of the Ministry of Development has long been a frustration for many SMBs. This acquisition will allow Malloy to benefit from BAE’s experience in dealing with defense procurement crises.

State Department learns lessons from UAS war in Ukraine

In a speaking In the House of Commons on the same day the drone strategy was announced, UK Defense Secretary Grant Shapps remarked that the war in Ukraine “has shown that drones are changing the face of modern warfare and we are already learning the lessons from that .”

Recently, the United Kingdom and Latvia revealed plans to form a coalition aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities by providing unmanned systems. The initiative will see a surge in the provision of First-Person-View (FPV) drones to Ukrainian forces to enhance battlefield situational awareness.

According to leading intelligence consultancy, GlobalData, Ukraine’s drone fleet has destroyed important Russian supply trucks, delayed Russian military advances and exposed Russian military vulnerabilities.

“This strategy … offers an opportunity to transform our approach to the acquisition, integration and exploitation of unmanned systems.”

UK Strategic Commander General Jim Hockenhull.

With such effective results in mind, the new strategy will help deliver the systems at pace.

“This strategy … offers an opportunity to transform our approach to the acquisition, integration and operation of unmanned systems,” said UK Strategic Commander General Jim Hockenhull.

A comprehensive partnership with industry is at the core of the Drone Strategy and builds on the UK’s extensive industrial, robotics and digital heritage.

“Through regular, clear industry engagements,” the Foreign Office said. “We will incentivize industry to support rapid manufacturing and adaptation at a scale and capability capable of providing an operational advantage for our Armed Forces.”

Additional reporting by Harry McNeil.



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