The Martin-Baker headquarters are located on a wholly Company owned 22 acre site in Higher Denham, some 30 miles north-west of London and 10 miles from London Heathrow. Management of all aspects of the Company's business is handled at this site, as well as design and development engineering, manufacturing and environmental testing.
Martin-Baker America was founded in 1986 in Northern Virginia to facilitate the Company's communication with the Naval Air Systems Command. In May 1985 Martin-Baker was awarded a major new contract to re-equip the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, A-6F Intruder (later cancelled) and T-45 Goshawk aircraft with a new standard Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat (NACES). This major programme called for close liaison between Martin-Baker in the UK, the Navy in Washington, DC and US based aircraft contractors and others. The result was Martin-Baker America whose team of dedicated specialists maintained technical support for NACES long after the UK plant closed for business each night.
In 1999, Martin-Baker began seeking a location in the United States to establish a manufacturing facility.
In June of 2000, Martin-Baker selected Johnstown, Pennsylvania as the location for the new site and established the facility in the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) Centre for Business Development.
Following an initial set-up period, Martin-Baker America began assembling ejection seat modification kits which were then forwarded to the U.S. Navy for installation on ejection seats used in the F-18 Hornet and T-45 Goshawk. Over the same period, Martin-Baker America also began developing assembly operations for the crashworthy utility seats used in the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter.
By early 2001, Martin-Baker America’s operations had outgrown the JARI facility and in May, 2001, relocated to the present facility on Walters Avenue.
Today, additional business opportunities for Martin-Baker America include production of inertia reels for helicopter crashworthy seats and the production of the ejection seat used in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The ejection seat for the Joint Strike Fighter is a more complex variant of the ejection seat being produced for the T-38. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ejection seat represents the latest technology in aircrew escape systems developed to date. Production of the ejection seat for the Joint Strike Fighter is of significant importance to Martin-Baker America as this programme is expected to continue for a long period of time and supports a strong business base for expansion into other aspects of aircrew escape system, safety, and survival areas.
From 2000 to the present, Martin-Baker America has grown from 3 employees to 118 with 18 additional employees supporting operations in other areas of the U.S. Capabilities have grown from simple kitting operations to full production capability to manufacturing both ejection seats and helicopter crashworthy seats. Internal capabilities include a CNC machining centre, sewing operations for critical seat components, full inspection capabilities, and painting. Business areas include seat production, ejection seat and ejection seat component repair and overhaul, spares distribution operations, and field support operations.
Created in 1959, the Société d'Exploitation des Matériels Martin-Baker (SEMMB) is 50/50 owned by Safran and Martin-Baker. To date, the Company has manufactured under licence more than 5,000 ejection seats fitted in French aircraft in more than thirty air forces around the world. The seats have contributed in saving the lives of more than 600 pilots.
SEMMB has three principal activities:
- Commerce of new seats (such as the MkF16F for the Rafale programme)
- Commerce of spare parts
- Maintenance and revision of seats in service
SEMMB is also committed to the Research and Development (R&D) of new products and the technical support of its products through:
- Publication of technical documentation
- Technical support on-site
- Certification of personnel and workshops
Societa Italiana Costruzioni Aeronautiche Martin-Baker (SICAMB) was established in 1975 as a joint venture by Aeronautica Macchi in conjunction with Martin-Baker.
In 1976, the Company started its manufacturing activities in provisional premises until 1981, when it moved to its current site in Latina. Facilities were further improved between 1989 and 1996 with the inauguration of a second production plant. Today the Company employs over 350 staff.
Aermacchi finalised the acquisition of SIAI Marchetti in January 1997 and expanded its aircraft trainer programmes range. Over the last 35 years, Aermacchi and SIAI Marchetti have sold over 2,000 of their training aircraft to 40 different customers and through SICAMB they have fitted many of them with Martin-Baker seats.
SICAMB produces ejection seats for Italian Air Force aircraft and for many foreign air forces. It also manufactures crashworthy seats for helicopter crews (EC-145, EH-101, A-129, AB-139, CRV, S-76). Other product activities cover manufacturing of aerostructures for different civilian programmes (Airbus A-380, Boeing 717-200, Boeing DC-8, Boeing MD-11, DO-328, EC-135, Falcon 900, Falcon 2000) and military programmes (AMX, ATL2, C-27J, MB339, Eurofighter Typhoon).
The Company also offers product support through more than 80 ejection seat maintenance-training courses, four sets of ejection seat technical manuals (operation, maintenance and illustrated components list) and ILS analysis for EFA hydraulic valves.
During its 35 years of experience, SICAMB has manufactured and assembled over 1270 ejection seats.