MBDA has three main shareholders in defence and aeronautical systems – the global arms company BAE Systems (37.5%), Europe's largest aerospace firm in Europe EADS (37.5%) and Italy’s second-largest industrial group Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%). In 2010 the MBDA website reported a turnover of 2.6 billion euros and production of over 3000 missiles. The group works with over 90 armed forces worldwide. 
The company produces the deadly Brimstone air-launched ground attack missile, which has been sold to Saudi Arabia and used over Yemen.
MBDA currently is leading a consortium to develop a high-energy laser weapon for use on both land and sea under a £30M contract for the MoD. The UK Dragonfire group consortium includes MBDA, QinetiQ and Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
Revolving door appointments
- Ivor Caplin former UK government defence minister acts as a consultant
- Simon Moss, former head of helicopters at the British MOD's Defence Equipment and Support is now MBDA's head of 'portfolio capability development'.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Armed Forces - financial sponsor through annual membership
PR and lobbying firms
- MDBA website, accessed November 2010
- UK Dragonfire consortium to develop high energy laser weapon, The Engineer, 21 September 2016 , accessed 13 September 2017
- Lodestone Communications Our clients, accessed 27 July 2015.