BAE Systems Expands Horizons with Malloy Aeronautics Acquisition

A Leap Forward in Drone and Aeronautical Technology

In a significant move within the aerospace sector, BAE Systems has officially acquired Malloy Aeronautics, a pioneer in heavy lift drone and aeronautical technologies. This acquisition marks a new era in the realm of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), blending Malloy’s innovative approach with BAE’s extensive resources.

Innovating the Skies with Advanced UAS

Malloy Aeronautics has made a name for itself by designing and supplying all-electric uncrewed aerial systems. These systems, particularly their heavy lift quadcopters, are known for their ability to carry substantial payloads ranging from 68kg to 300kg. They serve both civil and military sectors, offering more flexible, cost-efficient, and safer alternatives to conventional methods. Malloy’s current workforce, based in Berkshire, will continue their operations, ensuring ongoing support for existing customers while working under the new partnership with BAE Systems.

Strategic Synergy for Future Technologies

The acquisition is more than a business move; it’s a strategic alignment of visions and capabilities. Simon Barnes, Group Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Air sector, emphasizes that this step is part of BAE’s ongoing strategy to develop and invest in groundbreaking technologies. “We’re confident that the synergy between our two companies will pave the way for even greater achievements in uncrewed aerial systems and technologies,” Barnes stated.

Oriol Badia, COO of Malloy Aeronautics, reflected on the journey of their company, “We’ve come a long way over the last ten years, turning our vision of sustainable electric heavy lift technology into reality.” He expressed optimism about the merger, which promises to scale customer demands and expedite the delivery of innovative products, including the much-anticipated T-650.

Joint Ventures and Future Prospects

The collaboration has already seen significant milestones, such as the successful demonstration of the T-600 electric uncrewed demonstrator aircraft at a NATO exercise, REPMUS. The teams are now focusing on the T-650 all-electric ‘heavy lift’ UAS, targeting a broad spectrum of clients from military to civilian sectors.

Malloy Within FalconWorks

Malloy Aeronautics will be integrated into FalconWorks, BAE Systems’ research and development wing in the Air sector. Dave Holmes, Managing Director of FalconWorks, described Malloy’s addition as exciting and vital to their commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions to their customers.

A Bold Step into the Future

The acquisition of Malloy Aeronautics by BAE Systems is not just a merger of two companies; it’s a fusion of vision, expertise, and technology. This partnership is set to revolutionize the industry, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in unmanned aerial systems and opening new frontiers in aeronautical innovation.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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