Martin-Baker has won a US Navy contract for ejection seat deployment rocket motors and underseat rocket motors for EA-18GF/A-18E, and T-45 aircraft.

Martin-Baker is a British manufacturer of ejection seats and safety-related equipment for aviation. The company’s origins were originally as an aircraft manufacturer before becoming a pioneer in the field of ejection seats. The company’s headquarters are in Higher Denham, Buckinghamshire, England with other sites in France, Italy and the United States

The official contract notice states:

“Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., Uxbridge, United Kingdom, is awarded a $38,584,619 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract action for the manufacture of parachute deployment rocket motors and underseat rocket motors used on EA-18G, the F/A-18E, and T-45 aircrafts during the ejection sequence.

This contract includes a three-year base period with no options.

Work will be performed in Uxbridge, United Kingdom, and work is expected to be completed by March 2022. Fiscal 2017, 2018, 2019 procurement and ammunition (Navy and Marine Corps) funds (66 percent); fiscal 2017, 2018, 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds (14 percent); Kuwait funds (12 percent); Australian funds (5.8 percent); Switzerland funds (2 percent); and Malaysia funds (0.2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.

Funds in the amount of $7,015,803 will be issued for delivery order N00104-19-F-PQ01 that will be awarded concurrently with the contract, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The requirement was fully competitive, with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00104-19-D-PQ01).”


  1. Curious. They won’t be working on the F/A-18F? Seems odd.

    Apparently the work also includes the C and D models as neither Switzerland or Malaysia fly the E/F/G versions.

  2. The photo looks like a live ejection from an F18, does anyone know where to find a video? It looks like it was squeaky bum time for the pilot. I hope he got out OK.

  3. Would be cool if Martin Baker starred designing planes again…. We need more aeroplane building companys, Britain led the way back in the Day. First jet passenger plane, first lots of things, the British public seem to forget most of our achievements, I hope we will start building passenger planes and fast jets like we used to. We make lots of the parts of airbus and Boeing planes why not build some here also.

    • Evening CM. I was looking at the MB History a while back and just checked It again, They had some Interesting Aircraft Designs that looked pretty good. The MB3 was not too far removed from the Airacobra and Mustang In appearance, It’s a shame Captain Baker was killed testing one but In a way, it led to the Ejection Seats we see today. Apparently These Seats/Systems have saved over 7000 pilots lives since being Introduced with the Determination of Captain Bakers partner Mr Martin.

      This Is a Similar tale to that of the Death of TE Lawrence, Who’s Doctor went on to Invent or Develop Protective Headgear for Motorcyclists after he died from Head Injuries.

          • Talking of nuggets did any of you see the program on ITV last night, ‘Can we defend ourselves?’

            I thought it was the usual negative downbeat doom n gloom tosh that passes for journalism.

            Yeah we’ve got new ships, new planes, new subs, more stuff on the way, world class people and training,we train other militaries around the world ranked highly by other nations,one of the biggest defence budgets in the world but we’ll gloss over all that and tell people it’s really its all sh** and we’re going to be invaded any minute by the Russians and or Chinese.

      • The MB5, rather like a super Mustang to look at if anyone hadn’t seen it, was rated by many as potentially the best piston engine fighter design ever. Sadly, though it flew and showed its full potential, it was too late for the war and extinguished by the age of jets. But got to be one of the most stunning looking fighters to take to the air. Just looking at it and you would not want to tangle with it. Not sure if they actually did anything after it tbh.


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