Mantis is a twin-engined unmanned aircraft. Designed by a BAE Systems-led industry team as an advanced technology demonstrator for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Mantis was developed from concept to first flight in just 19 months.
The first flight was achieved on 21st October 2009.
We led an industry team to develop the Mantis project under our own investment in January 2008. That team took advantage of the best from the UK and overseas industry though it has to be pointed out that Mantis was put together with the help of a significant number of UK suppliers.
Following a contract awarded by the UK MOD later in 2008, we were appointed as the industry lead and prime contractor of a jointly funded project to develop a world-class Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD) Unmanned Air System (UAS) called Mantis.
Other industry partners included Rolls Royce, Qinetiq, GE Aviation, Selex Galileo and Meggitt.