This testing was carried out by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and the English Electric Company. In 1961, both companies merged to become the British Aircraft Corporation. In 1977, BAC was nationalised and local operations were renamed British Aerospace Australia.
British Aerospace Australia doubled in size in April 1996 with the purchase of AWA Defence Industries (AWADI).
Following the merger of British Aerospace with GEC Marconi Electronic Systems, BAE Systems Australia was formed in November 1999. The company increased in size significantly in June 2008 when it purchased Tenix Defence.
BAE Systems Australia is headquartered at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia but operates from sites across the country in support of defence and security customers.