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Boeing opens new UK Defence headquarters in Bristol

Posted on 20 May 2024. Edited: John Hunter. Read 468 times.
Boeing opens new UK Defence headquarters in BristolBoeing has expanded its presence in the South West with the official opening of a new 40,000ft2 office on the Bristol Business Park, which will be home to Boeing’s UK-based defence operations.

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, said: “I am delighted to open the new headquarters of Boeing Defence UK in my constituency and see the company continue to strengthen its footprint in our area. I know from my own experience on operational deployments that equipment like Boeing’s Chinook and Apache make a life-saving difference on the battlefield. This growing presence means more opportunities for local employment and those in early career roles who will go on to build the future of aerospace in our own backyard.”

Steve Burnell, managing director of Boeing Defence UK, said: “Boeing’s presence in Bristol dates back more than two decades and our new, modernised facility, home to Boeing Defence UK, represents the next chapter of our history and presence in the local community where we are proud to live and work. With over 2100 people dedicated to our defence business in the UK, and 700 of these based in Bristol, the new facility will serve as a dynamic space for collaboration and innovation with our customers, colleagues and partners.”

In Bristol, Boeing supports defence programmes for the British armed forces, including the UK’s Apache and Chinook helicopters, C-17 Globemaster, P-8A Poseidon and assists the UK’s E-7 Wedgetail programme in Birmingham, where three Boeing 737s are being modified to become the future Airborne Early Warning and Control fleet for the Royal Air Force.

Driving UK prosperity

Richard Murray, director of air support at Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) procurement arm, said: “Driving UK prosperity and working closely with industry is essential to DE&S’ mission to equip and support our armed forces. Having Boeing Defence UK’s central hub so close to DE&S’ headquarters in Bristol is a welcome development and will further enhance the working relationship across the wide portfolio of air, logistic information systems and training programmes we have.”

Alongside employees carrying out research and development, engineering and business operations, a digitally-skilled workforce supports the MoD's logistics and engineering information systems programme. It is also home to the design and delivery of real and synthetic multi-domain training software and courses for UK defence platforms. More than 280 veterans and active reserves are part of Boeing’s UK team and work alongside their military counterparts and within the broader defence community, from Lossiemouth to Odiham.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial aeroplanes, defence products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. The company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing has a UK workforce of over 4,000 people and growing, including early careers, veterans and reserves across the country and has spent more than £12 billion with the UK supply chain since 2015.