The Indian MoD has approved the purchase of 106 HTT-40 basic trainer aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL).
The new basic trainers ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be fitted with Mk.16 Ejection Seats, adding a further 212 Martin-Baker Seats to the 1,013 Seats already in service in the IAF and Indian Navy.
The IAF has also recently placed orders for additional Tejas aircraft, also fitted with Martin-Baker Mk.16 Seats due for future delivery.
Martin-Baker has a longstanding relationship with India, one of our largest customers, with 62 years of saving Indian lives and 230 Indian lives saved to date in a Martin-Baker Ejection Seat.
When deliveries of the new HTT-40 and LCA Tejas aircraft are complete, the IAF and Navy will be operating over 1,300 Martin-Baker Seats in more than 750 aircraft.
The first 5 Indian Air Force (IAF) Dassault Aviation Rafale aircraft left Merignac in Southwest France on 27th July and are expected to land at Ambala Air Base in India on 29th July after a brief pit-stop in the UAE.
The journey from France to India is over 7,000km in total and this journey is being made on Martin-Baker F16F Ejection Seats, pictured below. There are 316 F16F seats in service today with that number expected to exceed 400 by 2024. To date, 5 lives have been saved in an F16F Ejection Seat.
The Indian Air Force and Navy account for 1,013 Martin-Baker Ejection Seats in service today, making India Martin-Baker’s 2nd largest global customer. India currently operates Mk.4, Mk.9, Mk.10, Mk.11 and Mk.16 Ejection Seats, in service in the HJT-16, Jaguar, Mirage, Hawk, PC-7 MkII, Tejas, HJT-36 and now Rafale aircraft.
Martin-Baker has a longstanding relationship with India, with the first Indian life saved dating back to 1958. 62 years later and 230 Indian lives saved to date, we are proud to continue supporting the Indian military.
Martin-Baker Australia was recently subject to a full systems audit at the Williamtown Facility in New South Wales, Australia. The audit was concluded with re-certification of ISO9001:2015 for MB Aus thanks to the dedication and hard work of the whole team.
Shayne Hamilton, Quality and Safety Manager for Martin-Baker Australia, was thrilled with the results stating;
“The auditor was very impressed with the workshop and the conduct by which maintenance was being carried out.”
Whilst Williamtown was chosen as the location to host the audit, re-certification meant that it was a full systems audit, which involved all processes governing operations at both Martin-Baker Australia sites: Williamtown and Pearce. Shayne added;
“It was a particularly pleasing result given Williamtown is a fresh facility that has only just started maintenance activities and the Williamtown-based team are relatively new starters with Martin-Baker Australia.”
In addition to the great result with ISO9001:2015, Martin-Baker Australia are now progressing to plan for AS9110 Certification and anticipate having full certification by the end of 2020 with plans to achieve EASA Part 145 by 2021.
(Denham) Over the past 2 months, the work that’s been done and is still being done by the NHS is nothing short of heroic. Their dedication, selflessness and sense of duty has helped to save thousands of lives during this national pandemic.
We have been in touch with our local parish council, Denham Community Support and the Wexham Park Hospital, local to Martin-Baker HQ, to seek consultation on how we can best assist our local nurses and NHS staff. As a small gesture of recognition and to show our support on International Nurses Day, we will be donating gift bags containing everyday items that many local nurses have expressed a need for.
Last week we were able to put together 200 of these gift bags which were delivered to Frimley Health Charity for distribution on International Nurses Day and we’re working with them on an ongoing basis for future donations and continued support from us.
These bags were gladly received at Wexham Park Hospital by Nicola Monk (Voluntary Services Deputy Manager at the Frimley Health Foundation Trust);
“To everyone at Martin-Baker we would like to say a huge thank you for the support you are showing the NHS at this time. Our staff are pulling together care for members of the community, and it’s amazing to see our community reciprocating that care to us. These bags are reaching nurses on International Nurses Day, and the thoughtful gifts that you have put into each of them will make a real, practical difference to maintaining the wellbeing of our amazing nurses who are working so hard in a challenging situation. Thank you so much!”
Thank you to our NHS!
The French BEA have publicly released their accident report (A-2019-03-1) for the Rafale ejection that took place on 20 Mar ’19. The Rafale is equipped with the Martin-Baker MkF16F ejection seat supplied by SMB in France.
This report documents 3 key events;
1. The manual ejection of the rear seat passenger
2. The normal function of the rear ejection seat
3. The aircraft inter-seat system failing to fire the front seat
The inter-seat system that failed to initiate the front seat, mentioned in point 3, is not supplied by Martin-Baker or SMB France. We therefore cannot comment on why this failure occurred.
We at Martin-Baker were pleased to learn that both pilot and passenger walked away from this mishap.
The MkF16F ejection seat has a 100% success rate with the first ejection dating back to 2008.
Martin-Baker has just completed the 600th US16E Ejection Seat for the F-35 Programme. This particular Seat (pictured below) is part of the Lockheed Martin LRIP XII contract destined for F-35A aircraft AF-244, being assembled in Fort Worth.
By the end of 2020 Martin-Baker will have manufactured and delivered a further 180 US16E Seats for the F-35 programme, a programme we are proud to be a part of.
(NEVADA) Martin-Baker successfully installed the 1st US16J ejection seat as the US Navy F-5 seat upgrade programme begins.
The Martin-Baker team are pictured here at NAS Fallon during the seat installation on the 5th December 2019.
There are over 2,950 Martin-Baker seats in service today in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. With this seat upgrade programme along with continued seat deliveries for F-35, T-6 and F-18, this number will increase to over 3,000 seats in service in 2020.
Martin-Baker has saved 2,238 USN and USMC lives to date and we’re proud to support the United States Military.
(UXBRIDGE) Martin-Baker attended the Uxbridge College Annual Awards Ceremony in September to receive the Apprentice Employer of the Year Award.
Martin-Baker currently has 15 apprentices enrolled at Uxbridge College studying a combination of Level 3 and Level 4 Mechanical Engineering qualifications, more than any other mechanical engineering company involved with the college.
Based in Denham, Martin-Baker has extremely high standards of training within the apprenticeship programme. The company also stretch learners well beyond the minimum requirements, ensuring that apprentices and trainees are rewarded according to their performance.
“We are very proud of our apprenticeship scheme and of our apprentices,” commented Natalie Drake (Senior HR Advisor at Martin-Baker). “It is an important part of the Martin-Baker programme preparing ourselves for the future. Thank you to everyone who plays a part in the recruitment, education and training of our apprentices – it is appreciated.”
John Atkinson (Cell Leader and In-House NVQ Assessor), Sophie Claesen (2nd Year Apprentice) and Jack Winter (4th Year Apprentice) are pictured here at the ceremony proudly receiving the award for Martin-Baker from Junior Ogunyemi.
(DENVER) The NAHF “Spirit of Flight” Award is presented each year to a group or an organisation for their outstanding achievements or contributions to aviation. It was copyrighted and authorised by the Board of Trustees in 1981. It was renamed in honour of Milton Caniff in 1988. In 2000, acclaimed artist Roy Grinnell created the NAHF “Spirit of Flight” artwork, shown below. The original and limited edition prints were commissioned through the generosity of NAHF Lifetime Patron, Stewart McMillan, in memory of his father, Clyde H. McMillan.
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited employs over 1000 people worldwide, with approximately 180 at Martin-Baker America headquartered in Johnston, Pennsylvania. MB America is responsible for the manufacture and assembly of escape systems and crashworthy seats for the US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Army. MB America has over 5,000 seats in aircraft at 52 bases across 42 states. The Mk16 ejection seat is fitted in the T-38 and T-6 training aircraft, and the F-35. The entire fleet of US Navy aircraft with ejection seats have the MBA Naval Aircrew Ejection Seat (NACES). Over 2,500 American Airmen were saved during Vietnam using MBA ejection seats, and since that time another 1,000 Americans have ejected in a variety of aircraft and have been safely returned to their families.
For indisputably setting the standard for ejection and crashworthy seats, providing pilots worldwide a primary added layer of safety, and having saved over 7,600 people around the world the National Aviation Hall of Fame is proud to present Martin-Baker Aircraft Company with the 2019 Spirit of Flight Award. John Martin, the Joint Managing Director at Martin-Baker traveled out to receive the award at the 2019 Enshrinement in Denver, Colorado.
“I would just like to say thank you to the committee for awarding us such a prestigious award. It would have made my father (Sir James Martin) so proud and I feel as he looks down now at his legacy it is something that would put a huge smile on his face,” said Martin-Baker’s John Martin. “There’s nothing my father loved better than saving peoples lives. After he lost his great friend and partner Captain Valentine Baker to an aircraft accident, he dedicated his whole life to lifesaving equipment. I would also like to thank Greg Ulmer for presenting the award, Lockheed Martin are such a fantastic company so thank you so much Greg.”