At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions.

We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

Our businesses operate across air, land, cyber and naval domains, such as our Land UK business.

BAE Systems Land UK

At Land UK, we provide a full range of munitions from small arms ammunition through to artillery and bomb filling, as well as support, manufacturing and upgrade solutions for combat vehicles and military bridging.

Our UK-based engineering and manufacturing facilities, combined with the global reach of BAE Systems and our strategic partners, allows us to provide the most advanced military products and support available.

We are developing technology now that will give our customers an essential edge in tomorrow's battlefield.

Our biggest asset is our people. From our engineers who are developing the next generation of vehicle systems and munitions to our operatives who have decades of experience in manufacturing, we are a trusted partner to military organisations throughout the world.

We also invest heavily in the next generation, with an apprentice and graduate programme to attract the best new recruits in engineering, operations and business functions.

Combat vehicle integration is as important as ever within BAE Systems Land UK's product base. Land UK's lead for combat vehicle integration, Rory Breen, explains why this is important for customers buying military off-the-shelf (MOTS) vehicles, saying, "Many armed forces buying MOTS need to tailor the vehicle to meet national requirements. BAE Systems has a suite of offerings to integrate mission-critical systems, such as C4I, as well as comprehensive test services to make sure equipment keeps working in the toughest environments."

A full scope

BAE Systems, from its combat vehicles base in the West Midlands, UK, is currently focusing on combat vehicle integration
for a series of British Army programmes. The company offers a range of services, from assembly and manufacture through to
maintenance, repair and performance-enhancing upgrades. As part of this offering, BAE Systems' Generic Vehicle Architecture mission system provides an open architecture, satisfying Defence Standard (DEFSTAN) 2309, as well as the ability to integrate and network a wide mix of capabilities. As part of this strategy, the company is seeking partners to assist in providing a toolkit approach to offer modular, scalable mission requirements across the contemporary operating environment.

The approach allows customers to start with a simple vehicle and then to add to it as needed, as Breen explained: "A baseline variant could comprise a remote weapon station, local situational awareness (SA), communications suite and display systems for crews and dismounted personnel."

The new generation

Breen details how this baseline solution could evolve, with next-generation technologies providing customers with more sophisticated capabilities, including: 360° SA; see-through armour displays; and integrated blue force tracking and threat detection technology. "The challenge is to provide the user with the capability they need through an affordable programme, evolving over time to accommodate changing threats and developments in technology. It needs to complement the increasing
importance and quantity of detailed information on the battlefield, and the increased threat from cyber.

"The solution has to include soldiers as part of the system; for instance how does a soldier dismount from a vehicle without any break in SA?" BAE Systems' objective is to partner with customers and industry to deliver the right solution for the market.
"We take real pride in equipping soldiers for their missions, so we make sure everything we do is simple to use and helps the mission. We start with the effect our customer wants to achieve, then work backwards to tailor the system in order to deliver it," Breen concludes.

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