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With a turnover of EUR 4.2 Bn and new orders of EUR 9 Bn, MBDA can look back on a successful financial year 2022 (FY 2022).

The news was announced by Éric Béranger, CEO of MBDA, at the company’s annual press conference in Paris on 15 March 2023. He said that co-operation throughout the year had made the strong performance in 2022 possible.

MBDA, Béranger pointed out, is a major contributor to European air defence. The company offers comprehensive solutions to counter the entire spectrum of threats from the air, from long-range ballistic missiles to very small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), he said. Among key projects for MBDA, Béranger mentioned Aster air defence missiles and the SAMPT/NG air defence system, the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAAM), the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW), the Sky Warden counter-UAV system, and MBDA’s participation in the UK-Italian-Japanese Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), for which MBDA is responsible for the effectors.

In the area of innovation Béranger pointed to the successful trials in the UK of the Dragonfire laser directed-energy weapon, the acquisition of French optics and laser specialist Cilas and the successful High Energy Laser (HEL) trials in Germany, which have made good progress in developing ship-based counter-UAV defences.

MBDA Germany contributed to the overall MBDA results with GEM-T missiles for Patriot and production of Block 2B variants of the Rolling Airframe Missile, among others.

Also worth mentioning are MBDA’s co-operations with Raytheon and IAI, which led to MBDA’s ability to contribute to the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), said a spokesperson for MBDA Germany.

MBDA is well positioned for the future with an order backlog of EUR 22.3 Bn.

Gerhard Heiming