Marshall Slingsby receives prestigious Silver RAeS Medal as part of BAE Systems’ Mantis UA...


Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites has earned industry recognition for their innovative contribution to a major UK aerospace programme when they received a prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Silver Medal, together with BAE Systems, as part of the Mantis Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Project team.

Steven Boyd, Managing Director of Marshall Slingsby, said “This outstanding achievement is the result of the BAE Systems-Marshall Slingsby team’s continued and long history of successes.  Recently the team also received the BAE Systems’ Super Bronze Chairman’s Award for Innovation when their work attracted the attention of Dick Olver, Chairman of BAE Systems plc and sponsor of the Chairman’s Awards for Innovation. Marshall Slingsby looks forward to building on this achievement, and previous ones, by working on other projects with BAE Systems in the future.”

The joint Marshall Slingsby and BAE Systems Design & Development team came together initially when they were given the challenge to build a fully-bonded carbon composite Wing and Tail set for the Mantis UAV.  This played a vital part in the production of the Mantis UAV, which is the UK’s largest fully-autonomous unmanned aircraft.

The ceremony took place on Thursday 9th December at the RAeS Headquarters in London where a silver medal was awarded to the team for an exceptional contribution to aerospace and each individual received a special certificate.



About Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites
Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites Ltd is a specialist in the design and manufacture of high technology composite structures for aerospace, marine and rail industries. With over 113 employees, Marshall Slingsby has its operations at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. The company was acquired by Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge UK, in January 2010.

About Mantis
Mantis is a fully autonomous next generation unmanned aircraft and is the largest ever to be built in the UK. It has a wing span over 20 metres and a fuselage length of over 10 metres, and is BAE Systems’ first all-electric aircraft. Mantis was produced by the largest fully bonded composite assembly in Europe, and its maiden flight was completed on 21st October 2009 in South Australia.


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Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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