UST and BAE Systems Forge Extended Partnership to Drive Innovation in Small Uncrewed Systems

Unmanned Systems Technology (UST), a global online marketplace and network for technology businesses in the uncrewed and autonomous systems industry, has announced an extended partnership with BAE Systems Digital Intelligence.

Building upon a successful collaboration initiated in 2022, the partnership aims to position small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and technology providers at the forefront of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence’s Small Uncrewed Systems plans. UST will facilitate closer engagement between SMEs and BAE Systems, fostering a collaborative environment.

During a networking event attended by over 150 members of UST’s ecosystem, Jonny Gilchrist, Business Development Executive at BAE Systems, emphasized the significance of the new venture and outlined plans for the partnership’s future. Bespoke events will be organized to provide SMEs with opportunities to showcase their cutting-edge technologies and promote industry collaboration.

“We are thrilled to expand our close collaboration with BAE Systems and are pleased that the UST platform can offer further prospects for SMEs within the industry to engage with a leading vendor-agnostic Prime,” stated Caroline Rees, CEO of “This partnership marks an important stride forward for the sector, and we anticipate the development of new technologies resulting from this collaboration.”

Jonny Gilchrist commented, “UST plays an invaluable role in connecting the SME community with larger organizations like ours, enabling knowledge sharing from both sides of the ecosystem. The UST platform is a remarkable resource for the industry, and there is a natural synergy between our organizations as we envision the future of uncrewed and autonomous systems.”

“The partnership underscores our commitment to SMEs and will shape the future of the small uncrewed systems market. SMEs bring numerous benefits, including agility in responding to market needs and developing innovative technologies—areas where large organizations recognize value but may face internal challenges in progressing at the same pace. UST boasts an incredible ecosystem of innovators, and we are excited to support that community and meet SMEs at our upcoming UST events as we strive to enhance collaboration within the uncrewed systems sector.”

Established in 2011, UST collaborates with hundreds of technology and engineering-focused businesses across the global supply chain, ranging from SMEs to multi-billion-dollar original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With a presence in over 200 countries across all continents, UST possesses the largest professional global audience within the uncrewed and autonomous systems sector. This allows each partner to showcase their technical capabilities, generating year-round exposure and demand.

This pioneering partnership will grant engineers at BAE Systems direct access to a wide range of innovative and emerging technologies, thereby enhancing the capabilities of small uncrewed systems platforms under development.

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