MBDA - Innovation

Innovation - it's everyone's business

Innovation is a strategic objective for MBDA and a key condition for enabling the company's future growth and sustaining its position as a world-leading player in missile systems. Innovation and creativity are part of everything that is done every day within every part of our business but there is more that can be done by each.

At the centre of this activity is the Innovation Programme which provides impetus and momentum to ensuring that innovation provides a strong and robust contribution to MBDA's core corporate strategy.

MBDA Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas in all areas of the company.

MBDA Innovation practices & activities are designed to :

  • Release the creativity in everyone,
  • Lead to innovative processes behaviours and products,
  • Encourage better inventions and/or technical innovations,
  • Promote the sharing of existing information & expertise,
  • Contribute to more efficient and harmonised practices in the day job,
  • Provide opportunities for everyone to propose improvement to all aspects of their activities.

MBDA Innovation is currently being implemented through the five complementary components shown below.

The following diagram shows the flow of activities in resolving a problem, opportunity or tasks in 3 phases: Preparation of for the Innovation Booster (Phase 1); Delivering the Innovation Booster (Phase 2) and then the post Booster support to the problem owner (Phase 3).

It also shows the relationship between the IDEA scheme, Innovation Awards and Innovation Boosters. Ideas generated in Innovation Boosters can be inputted and progressed through IDEA whereas the Innovation Awards look back over recent innovations, including those resulting from Innovation Boosters, and evaluate & reward the most significant ones.

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On average about 50 patents registered each year. To date : 660 inventions resulting in 2,500 patents in place around the world. In 2010 : 80 MBDA Group patents either issued or under consideration by the European Patent Office.

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Team CW defines an approach to delivering the UK’s Complex Weapons requirementsin an affordable manner that also ensures a viable industrial capacity with MOD being the architects of the sector strategy.


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