[embedded content]  

The DeBrief: Move Over Skunk Works. Here Comes 

FalconWorks UK defense contractor BAE Systems has announced the creation of FalconWorks, a center for advanced research and development of cutting-edge combat aviation technologies. 

Much like the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, which pioneered a number of firsts in military aviation technology throughout the 20th century, BAE Systems hopes that FalconWorks can take its place at the forefront of a 21st-century combat aviation technological revolution that includes autonomous flight, artificial intelligence, high-altitude aviation, and pretty much anything else their engineers can dream up.  

Read more …. 

Update #1: BAE Systems launches FalconWorks innovation division (Breaking Defense)

Update #2: BAE Systems launches FalconWorks to explore ‘what comes after the next’ (JANES)  

WNU Editor: BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest defense contractors. I am surprised that it has taken them this long to formally establish a “Skunk Works” equivalent.