Events Calendar 2014
|WEPTAC Trade Show||TBC||15-16 January 2014|
|Bahrain Air Show||TBC||16-18 January 2014|
|DEFExpo, India||TBC||6-9 February 2014|
A WWII veteran bestows his ‘special’ watch to the memory of his fallen comrades
On 30th May 1949 John Oliver “Jo” Lancaster DFC made aviation history by becoming the first pilot to eject from an aircraft in an emergency situation using a Martin-Baker ejection seat – since then, Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved over 7,420 aircrew lives worldwide. To mark this momentous occasion Sir James Martin, founder of Martin-Baker, presented Jo Lancaster with a gold Rolex watch, engraved with his name and date. This was the start of an intriguing story spanning over six decades and covering thousands of miles.
Sadly, the watch was stolen in 1975, unbeknown to Martin-Baker. Discovered in New York last year, the watch was purchased again by the Martin family. Over the years, Martin-Baker and Jo Lancaster had lost contact, but following a chance email from a group of air cadets, it was discovered that Jo was alive and well, giving talks to the cadets about his experiences during the war, particularly his ‘ops’ with Bomber Command and his famous ejection in 1949.
As far as the Martin family were concerned, it was clear that the watch had to be returned to its rightful owner and, for the second time, the watch was presented to Jo, this time by Sir James Martin’s twin sons and Joint Managing Directors, John and James - 64 years after it was presented for the first time.
As a former Bomber Command pilot, Jo Lancaster’s wish is for the watch to be used to raise money towards the upkeep of the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. So, on Jo’s behalf, Martin-Baker has purchased the watch for the third time.
“This is such a remarkable story, involving a truly remarkable man”, said Andrew Martin, grandson of Sir James Martin. “When Jo asked us to use the watch to raise funds for the memorial upkeep, we instantly decided to ‘buy’ it for the third time and donate the sum of £5,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund on his behalf,” he said.
Today the watch is displayed proudly in the Martin-Baker museum, together with the original letter from Sir James Martin to Jo Lancaster.
On receiving the cheque from Andrew Martin, Jon Heard, from the RAF Benevolent Fund said: “Since taking over the guardianship of the Memorial we’ve come across some incredible stories and acts of generosity. We are absolutely delighted that Jo has generously donated the elusive Rolex towards the upkeep of the Memorial, honouring the young men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during the Second World War.”
As the guardian of the Bomber Command Memorial, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is committed to preserving the Memorial for future generations, so that the noble sacrifice of the young men who lost their lives while serving in Bomber Command will always be remembered.
The Memorial, unveiled last June by Her Majesty The Queen, commemorates the 55,573 young men who lost their lives while serving in Bomber Command during the Second World War.
The presentation took place at Princess Marina House, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Welfare break home on the seafront in Rustington, West Sussex. Picture above (L-R): Paul Hewson (RAFBF), Jo Lancaster, Andrew Martin (Martin-Baker).
FIRST MWARS UNITS SHIPPED TO LOCKHEED MARTIN FOR F-35
On 18 September 2013, Martin-Baker achieved a significant JSF programme milestone by shipping the first MWARS (Martin-Baker Water Activated Release System) flight units to Lockheed Martin.
MWARS will be fitted to all US16E Ejection Seats installed in F-35 aircraft - presently located at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Nellis AFB, NAS Patuxent River and MCAS Yuma.
MWARS enables the fully automatic release of the integrated harness for the ejectee upon immersion into water. The MWARS unit originated from the technology developed by Martin-Baker for the Automatic Life Preserver Inflation Unit (ALPIU) and Automatic Liferaft Inflation Unit (ALIU). This new device has been patented by Martin-Baker having been in continuous development since 2005. It has been extensively tested in order to meet the demanding JSF environmental requirements.
MARTIN-BAKER RECEIVES AWARD FOR SUPPORTING THE F-35 PROGRAMME
12th September 2013 - During DSEI tradeshow in London on 12th September, 2013, Martin-Baker participated in a Lockheed Martin Industry Recognition Event. Philip Dunne, Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, also attended the event. “The F-35 is the largest defence programme in the world. The U.K.’s involvement will generate billions of pounds and tens of thousands of jobs for the British economy for decades to come, with over 500 suppliers across the U.K. already contributing to the production of the F-35”.
Martin-Baker was among 12 other companies to receive an award to recognise the support and involvement in the F-35 Programme. The other companies to also receive an award included: BAE Systems, Cobham, EDM, GE Aviation, Honeywell, MBDA, RE Thompson, Rolls-Royce, Selex ES Ltd, Survitec Group, Ultra Electronics and UTC Aerospace Systems.
The JSF programme will sustain approximately 700 jobs at Martin-Baker into the future, also supporting 66 sub-tier suppliers located within 20 counties spread right across the UK.
To date, Martin-Baker has delivered over 130 Ejection Seats to Lockheed Martin. LRIP V deliveries will be completed in October this year. Ejection Seats for LRIP VI and VII have been launched into manufacture.
MARTIN-BAKER RECEIVES A 2012 BOEING PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD
27th February 2013: The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognise suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Martin-Baker maintained a silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12 month performance period, from 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012.
This year The Boeing Company recognised 594 suppliers who achieved either a gold or silver level. Martin-Baker is one of only 441 suppliers to receive the silver level of recognition.
“We are delighted to be awarded such a prestigious award from The Boeing Company and would like to thank all the people involved who made this possible”, says Andrew Martin, Vice President of Business Development. We always strive to provide the best possible service to our clients, so this award clearly highlights that we are on the right track”.
Martin-Baker has been supplying ejection and crashworthy seats to Boeing for many years for a number of programmes worldwide, including CH-47, P-8, T-45 and the F-18.
MARTIN-BAKER COMPLETES FIRST F-35 EJECTION SEAT FOR LRIP 5
1st February 2013 marked another key milestone in the F-35 Programme for Martin-Baker – the completion of the first Ejection Seat for LRIP 5. LRIP 5 consists of 32 Ejection Seats in total. This includes 22 F-35A’s for USAF, 3 F-35B’s for USMC and 7 F-35C’s for USN.
Martin-Baker has delivered 104 F-35 (US16E) Ejection Seats in total. The 100th US16E seat was shipped to Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth on 23rd October 2012. To date, Martin-Baker has completed all LRIP IV deliveries up to and including F-35 aircraft CF-9 and almost completed the upgrades for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft fleet.
Lockheed Martin confirmed on 30th January 2013 that the 100th F-35 is now on the production line. The 100th aircraft, known as AF-41, is a CTOL variant which is due to be delivered to the USAF for pilot training at Luke Air Force Base.
MARTIN-BAKER JOINS JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
July 2012: It was with great pride that Martin-Baker was selected to represent Buckinghamshire, along with Mini for Berkshire and Vodafone for Oxfordshire, at a three counties Diamond Jubilee Garden Party in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Lord Lieutenants of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and held on Monday 25th June at the Henley Business School to showcase the thriving industry and community in the Thames Valley.
Whilst the Queen visited the various charities and community groups, the Duke of Edinburgh did a tour of the companies representing the three counties, ending up with a visit to Martin-Baker’s marquee.
James Martin, Joint Managing Director said, "The Duke, a long term supporter of the Company, commented on how impressed he was that Martin-Baker continues to thrive, despite the challenging economic climate. We chatted briefly about the JSF programme and were able to show him the latest JSF seat which he found extremely interesting."
MARTIN-BAKER AWARDS DESTINI PRIMA WITH CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
July 2012: Martin-Baker is pleased to announce the second Centre of Excellence (CoE) award to the escape system maintenance facilities operated by Destini Prima Sdn Dhd, ("Destini Prima") Malaysia.
Destini Prima, a wholly owned subsidiary of a public listed company, Destini Berhad, has its offices in Kuala Lumpur and its maintenance facilities at RMAF Base Butterworth and Kuantan. Since 1999, Destini Prima has carried out overhaul and maintenance activities on over 336 ejection seats, including the: CH11A, BA10LH and IT10LK seat types. They support the Royal Malaysian Air Force and intend to support other customers within the Asian region with spares, tooling, test equipment calibration and technical assistance.
Martin-Baker’s vision of a CoE organisation is a facility devoted to obtaining the highest standards of achievement in escape system maintenance, being focused on using best practices with regards to standards, methodologies, tools, supply chains and knowledge which are considered as typical approaches to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO).
Martin-Baker has a reputation for quality, reliability, service and value in providing its customers with an affordable high quality product in accordance with customer specification and requirements for escape systems. Martin-Baker also values these qualities in its representative organisations, such as Destini Prima who carry out escape system maintenance on its behalf.
MARTIN-BAKER NOMINATED IN ‘MADE BY BRITAIN’ GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
The hunt is on for the very best of British in the world of manufacturing and design. The ‘Made By Britain’ project was launched last year by Business Minister, Vince Cable, to celebrate the companies that really do put the Great into Britain. Each MP has been asked to nominate a company in their constituency and our local MP, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve, has nominated us! Initially the results will be shown on an online interactive map – see below link - with the project potentially expanding to a number of initiatives to coincide with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee this year.
As a nation, our view of British manufacturing is fairly ambivalent, and we have a tendency to think that nothing of any importance is manufactured in the UK. This initiative is hoping to turn this opinion around and show just how much of a presence the United Kingdom has on a global stage.
RAF RED ARROWS INCIDENT ON 8TH NOVEMBER 2011
On 8th November, there was a fatal accident involving the Red Arrows Hawk aircraft XX177 following the ejection of a Mk10B seat.
We have had the opportunity to examine the seat and, while not wishing to pre-empt the outcome of the investigation currently underway, are satisfied that neither a mechanical nor a design fault were to blame for the fatality.
We welcome the opportunity to assist the Lincolnshire Police and the Military Air Accident Investigation Board in identifying the causes of this tragic accident
In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham who lost his life in this accident.
UK COMPANIES TO BENEFIT FROM EU – KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced a trade contract worth £25 million to a UK manufacturer, at a reception to mark the EU – Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Foreign Secretary Willam Hague has welcomed the introduction on 1 July of the new EU – Korea Free Trade Agreement, which will remove 97% of tariffs on trade in goods and has the potential to benefit the UK economy by £500 million annually.
This is the most ambitious trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU, and is expected to double bilateral EU-Korea trade from its current level of around €76 billion in the next twenty years, as well as eliminating many non-tariff barriers.
The agreement will result in new opportunities for UK companies particularly in legal and financial services, and ICT and low-carbon businesses who are keen to bring their world-class technology and cutting-edge design to South Korea.
One of the first UK companies to benefit from this agreement is Martin-Baker Aircraft Company, which has been awarded a contract worth £25 million, to supply the Republic of Korea Air Force with the very latest ejection seats for their F-5 fighter jets. It brings the total value of orders received by Martin-Baker from Korea to over £100 million.
Announcing the contract at a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 19 July, the Foreign Secretary said:
"I am delighted that on 1 July the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement came into force. It is the most ambitious trade agreement ever negotiated by the EU. The UK was the champion of this agreement and we are and will remain the leading advocate of free trade in the EU.
"We are working to build on the success of the EU-Korea FTA, by pushing for FTAs with other major and emerging economies. Although these negotiations can be tough, we firmly believe that the prize is worth it."
I am pleased to announce today that Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd has been awarded a contract, worth £25 million, to supply the Republic of Korea Air Force. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will continue to work hard with government partners to support the UK’s commercial objectives overseas and to encourage investment here."
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FIRST MARTIN-BAKER DELIVERIES FOR JSF PARTNER NATIONS
Martin-Baker has completed the first production configuration US16E Ejection Seat for their F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft for the partner nations. The US16E is the only ejection Seat in the world that has demonstrated compliance to the entire range of accommodation, physiological and ejection performance requirements for the JSF programme.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the first JSF partner nation scheduled to receive a production configuration Lockheed Martin (LM) F-35 Lightning II aircraft; the first UK aircraft is known as BK-1.
To mark this occasion, Wg Cdr Willy Hackett RAF and Lt Cdr Uves Wood RN from the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) Integrated Product Team (IPT) at Abbeywood, visited Denham on the 24th May 2011. They are pictured below with James Martin, Joint Managing Director of Martin-Baker.
Wg Cdr Hackett explained “Next year RAF and RN pilots will begin flying our first 2 JSF aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in the US in a pooled arrangement with the USMC, as part of the preparations to build a UK Test and Evaluation Squadron, which will allow UK participation in JSF Operational Test at Edwards Air Force Base. This will be key to ensuring the UK fully understands how this 5th Generation aircraft performs and operates so that we can eventually use F-35 at a time and place of our choosing. For a pilot flying a complex combat aircraft their Ejection Seat is, in the end, critical to their ability to safely exit a stricken aircraft and return home to their families. Martin-Baker, with decades of experience and a proven track record of saving over 7400 lives has been chosen on a best value basis, as the sole supplier of ejection seats for the JSF programme, ensuring that our pilots can fly with confidence knowing that in extremis they are in safe hands.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is the second JSF partner nation scheduled to receive the production configuration F-35 Lightning II aircraft; the first RNLAF aircraft is known as AN-1 and will also be operated at Eglin AFB. To mark the completion of the AN-1 Ejection Seat, Lt Col Jan Van Tilburg, the Military Air & Deputy Defence Attaché for the Netherlands visited Denham on 8th June 2011 and was joined by Jon Rambeau, LM VP International Programs and Peter Livingstone Managing Director of LM UK.
With the completion of BK-1 and AN-1 Seat deliveries, Martin-Baker will have completed the manufacture of all Low Rate of Initial Production (LRIP) Lot III Seat deliveries for delivery into LM Fort Worth.