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MBDA is a missile developer and manufacturer with operations in Britainmarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, and Italymarker. It was formed by a merger of Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles (of EADS), Finmeccanica and Matra BAe Dynamics in December 2001. In 2003 the company had 10,000 employees. In 2008, the MBDA recorded a turnover of 2,7 bn, produced over 3,000 missiles and achieved an order book of 11,9 bn. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.


The consolidation of Europe's missile companies began in 1996, when parts of Matra Defense and BAe Dynamics merged 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), when Matra merged with Aérospatiale in 1999. In 2000, Aérospatiale-Matra became part of EADS.

In 1998, GEC-Marconi Radar and Defence Systems and Alenia Difesa 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.

In December 2001, MBD (including AMM) and the Missile and Missile Systems activities of AMS merged, creating MBDA.

In June 2005, LFKmarker, a unit of EADS Defence and Security Systems, agreed to be merged into MBDA. On March 1, 2006, LFK became MBDA Deutschland.

Since February 6 2002 MBDA owns 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.

Product range

MBDA's products include:



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