BAE Systems' headquarters
is a British defence
and aerospace company headquartered at Farnborough
, UK, which has worldwide interests, particularly in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc.
BAE is the world's third-largest defence contractor and the largest in Europe. BAE was formed on 30 November 1999 by the £7.7 billion merger of two British companies: Marconi Electronic Systems
, the defence electronics and naval shipbuilding subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc
(GEC) and aircraft, munitions and naval systems manufacturer British Aerospace
(BAe). It has increasingly disengaged from its businesses in continental Europe in favour of investing in the United States. Since its formation it has sold its shares of Airbus
, EADS Astrium
and Atlas Elektronik
. BAE Systems is involved in several major defence projects, including the F-35 Lightning II
, the Eurofighter Typhoon
and the Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth-class
aircraft carriers. The company has been the subject of criticism, both general opposition to the arms trade and also specific allegations of unethical and corrupt practices, including the Al-Yamama
contracts with Saudi Arabia
that have earned BAE and its predecessor £43 billion in twenty years. (Full article...
Credit: NASA Langley Research Center
Coloured smoke reveals a vortex
of air created by the wing of an airplane, also known as wake turbulence
. This turbulence can be especially hazardous during the landing and take off phases of flight, where an aircraft's proximity to the ground makes a timely recovery from turbulence-induced problems unlikely.
The Airbus A400M is a four-engine turboprop aircraft, designed by Airbus Military to meet the demand of European nations for military airlift. Since its formal launch the aircraft has also been ordered by South Africa, Chile and Malaysia.
The A400M will begin assembly in the Seville plant of EADS Spain (part of Airbus Military) in October 2006. The first test flight occurred in December 2009.
- Span: 42.4 m (139 ft 1 in)
- Length: 45.1 m (148 ft)
- Height: 14.7 m (48 ft 3 in)
- Engines: 4 EPI TP400-D6 (8,250 kW power)
- Cruising Speed: 780 km/h (480 mph, 420 knots)
- First Flight: 11 December 2009
- Number built: 4 (174 on order)