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EDO MBM and the 'Kill Chain'. R&D into New micro weapons for drones.

x | 28.06.2012 22:50 | Smash EDO | Anti-militarism | Technology | Terror War | South Coast

15 May 2012. John Eaton, an EDO MBM Director and weapons system inventor gives a presentation to the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington about EDO MBM's current internal research and development work.

An abstract and PDF of a powerpoint presentation confirm EDO are at the heart of the global killer drone industry as developers of micro bomb racks for US parent company ITT Exelis.

ITT Exelis already supply the bomb racks for the MQ-9 Predator B/Reaper drone used by the CIA and US Special Forces to carry out extra-judicial assassinations. These attacks that have murdered hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.


Title: Abstract Text:

Enabling effective introduction of next generation small payload capabilities

Presented to

NDIA Joint Armament Conference 2012

15th May 2012

John Eaton
Director, Design
EDO MBM Technology Ltd

Reviewing trends in new platforms has determined that truly flexible responses require new approaches to the delivery of small non traditional weapons from non traditional airframes involved in the kill chain.

This change is being driven by the real world challenges of Pace, Performance and Politics where a cold war budget planning cycle would appear to be a luxury that has disappeared forever. The introduction of next generation capabilities onto new airborne platforms requires an ongoing employment of key enabling technologies to provide the warfighter the constant continuous improvement of capability that the emerging threat demands.

The paper focuses in onto how workable “best of class” technologies enable the introduction of micro payloads onto non traditional ISR and weapons platforms to deliver high integrity means of safe carriage and release of micro weapons.

The drive of micro weapons onto specifically COIN and ISR manned and unmanned platforms required a complete systems level review of what the interface from platform to payload demands and how safety protocols demanded by fast jet air vehicles can be supported on low technology platforms.

The paper reviews some works to date in this area and reviews how best practices and system level thinking is essential as small weapons not only become more complex but available for use on such a wide array of airborne and cross forces platforms.

The works to date tracks specifically ITT R&D projects (WASP and HORNET) and how they have succeeded in delivering common system building blocks independent of the weapon system.

The systems have been utilised in trials mimicking next generation armed ISR platforms (both manned and unmanned) with a variety of payloads ranging from sub ten pound munitions to resupply systems for distributing equipment to the field.

In summary the paper aims to deliver an understanding from the author of the following main areas: - Impact of air integration onto delivering rapid capability upgrades - Systems level “best in class” technologies enabling small ISR platforms - Lessons learnt to date from ITT IRAD works to date on micro payload development



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plus Research and Development for the MoD

29.06.2012 00:55

This link shows regular MoD contracts for EDO MBM that are mainly 'design services'. This suggests regular R&D work for the UK military,

In order to carry out this work EDO MBM will be classified as a 'List X' site.

Companies can lose List X site status ( and therefore R&D contracts) if they fail to maintain security of their site from the breaches by outside inspectors.

It follows that even a minor breach of EDO MBMs security threatens their economic future.


EDO MBM- Arming the Shadows?

29.06.2012 12:31

A 19 April 2010 US Army solicitation states

" The US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Program Executive Office (PEO) Missiles and Space (M&S), Program Management (PM) Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS), on behalf of the war fighter, seeks information from industry on weapons systems ready for production and suitable for integration on the RQ-7B with POP 300D laser designator payload Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Potential weapons systems must be ready to field within 12 months from the date of a potential contract award."

Under 'Interested vendors' list can be found

John Eaton

Phone: 441273810559

August 2011

"The Department of Defense (DoD) intends to issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in FAR Parts 35.016 and 6.102(d)(2) for the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) on or about September 8, 2011. The DoD Components participating in this BAA may include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The RIF program was established to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs, such as those supporting the resolution of operational challenges characterized by Joint Urgent Operational Needs (JUONs). The RIF program also intends to facilitate innovative technologies that show a clear transition path to fielding the technology into existing Acquisition Category (ACAT) programs or other defense acquisition programs.


A Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) is an urgent operation need identified by a combatant commander involved in an ongoing named operation. A JUON's main purpose is to identify and subsequently gain Joint Staff validation and resourcing of a solution, usually within days or weeks, to meet a specific high-priority combatant commander need. The scope of a combatant commander JUON will be limited to addressing urgent operational needs that: (1) fall outside of the established Service processes; and (2) most importantly, if not addressed immediately, will seriously endanger personnel or pose a major threat to ongoing operations. They should not involve the development of a new technology or capability; however, the acceleration of an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration or minor modification of an existing system to adapt to a new or similar mission is within the scope of the JUON validation and resourcing process.

Under "Interested vendors' list can be found

John Eaton

Phone: 441273810559

A 2012 press report states

"Flight International reports that the USMC plans to send 8 armed RQ-7Bs to Afghanistan as a combat demonstration program, after 94 “high-value targets” escaped during a recent Marine unit’s deployment, even though they were spotted by RQ-7s circling overhead. There isn’t always someone else on hand to fire."

"The goal is to arm the Shadows with guided bombs weighing under 25 pounds, which was cleared for treaty compliance (?!?) by the US State Department in July 2011, and reportedly followed by a $10 million December 2011 contract. Installation and certification is expected to take a year, followed by a $7 million follow-on contract for deployment. The magazine reports that the weapon isn’t Raytheon’s STM, MBDA’s SABER, or ATK’s Hatchet, but is “another guided weapon that already has been developed and fielded in secrecy."


MoD contracts

30.06.2012 21:10

Public sector transactions of EDO MBM TECHNOLOGY LIMITED made with unknown Ministry of Defence Finance Transparency – £25,000 and GPC

A monthly submission of payments over £25,000 and GPC payments over £500 made by the Ministry of Defence and it’s family members, as part of the Government's commitment to transparency in expenditure. For further information click on the "Full description" link below.

DBS Finance

Source Transactions Amount
December 2010 return 1 £8,340.20
December 2011 return 1 £79,001.60
February 2011 return 1 £32,400.00
January 2011 return 4 £135,314.65
January 2012 return 1 £126,402.56
March 2011 return 1 £14,904.00
May 2011 return 1 £32,419.00
October 2011 return 4 £584,949.12
Sept 2011 return 2 £295,201.76


new weapons

17.08.2012 17:41

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MacTaggart Scott, Loanhead, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom: Critical to the Ship Submersible Nuclear (SSN)

Rafael Ordnance Systems Division, Haifa, Israel: Critical to Sensor Fused Weapons (SFW), Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMD), Tail Kits, and batteries

E-ONE Moli Energy, Maple Ridge, Canada: Critical to production of various military application electronics

General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada, London Ontario, Canada: Critical to the production of the Stryker/USMC LAV Vehicle Integration

Raytheon Systems Canada Ltd. ELCAN Optical Technologies Division, Midland, Ontario, Canada: Critical to the production of the AGM-130 Missile

Thales Optronique Canada, Inc., Montreal, Quebec: Critical optical systems for ground combat vehicles

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