Isle of Wight BAE engineers play their part in response to Coronavirus Ventilator Challenge

News OnTheWight has learned that at least four Isle of Wight BAE engineers have played an active role in BAE cross-company project to build the AirCare in response to the Government’s Ventilator Challenge. Here’s what they’ve been doing

BAE AirCare ventilator

Staff from BAE Systems based on the Isle of Wight have assisted in turning the company’s AirCare ventilator from a blueprint into a production-ready device in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

At least four mechanical engineers at BAE Cowes have been assisting their colleagues at the Great Baddow (Essex) and Broad Oak (Portsmouth) sites in response to the Government’s national ventilator challenge.

Tribute to staff
BAE have today (Friday) paid tribute to those who have worked on the BAE Aircare Ventilator. In just a matter of weeks, the team took the Aircare project concept through design and development, to the point of being ready to begin rapidly producing ventilators.

BAE say the AirCare Ventilator is not needed for the immediate UK response to Covid-19, but it is ready to go into large-scale production if and when it’s needed.

How the Aircare ventilator works

The Government announced today they would be reassessing Aircare alongside four other devices by a further clinical panel next week.

Hudson: Talented team worked day and night
Ben Hudson, Chief Technology Officer of BAE Systems, paid tribute to those who designed and built the ventilator.

“Thanks to an incredibly dedicated and talented team who worked day and night to draw on the incredible advanced engineering and manufacturing expertise we have in BAE Systems, we went from a concept to a functioning design in just a few weeks, something that would typically take up to a year.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support from the wider company, clinicians, the Government and the MHRA. The combined effort from everyone involved, including our suppliers and SMEs, has been truly inspirational.

“I think I speak for everyone in the AirCare project team and across the Company by acknowledging the true heroes in the fight against Covid-19 are the men and women of our health services that put themselves in harm’s way every day to keep all of us safe. The efforts made by those that contributed to the AirCare project is our small way of demonstrating how much we truly value the sacrifices made by our health care workers on behalf of all of us.”

Friday, 1st May, 2020 4:41pm



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6 Comments on "Isle of Wight BAE engineers play their part in response to Coronavirus Ventilator Challenge"

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Steady on. The Cowes operation designs and builds radar equipment. Nothing more. The equipment is used on the British navy ships for their defence. British airports and air traffic control systems all use their radar and the weather forecasting service uses radar produced there too.

Steve Goodman
Tamara has a point. Consider, for example, BAE’s part in the notorious al-Yamamah arms deal which started in the 1980s; by the mid 2000s, when the barbaric and undemocratic Saudis were telling our government to stop the corruption investigation implicating the Saudi ruling family and BAE, the company had nearly 5,000 employees in Saudi Arabia servicing fighter planes and providing technical assistance and training. The then chief… Read more »

No-one has claimed that the bombers or missiles are manufactured on the Island, Colin. We are talking about BAE Systems, the corporation, and one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world, that has factories across this country. The ventilators are not being made on the Island, either.

Clearly, it is not just BAE Systems and the UK government that have no conscience! Shame on you, those who have voted down my comments! Many thousands of Yemeni civilians: men, women and children have been deliberately targeted by Saudi Arabia using UK bombers and missiles. Wedding parties, markets and other public places have been bombed. Many thousands of people have been killed and maimed. Infrastructure everywhere… Read more »
There’s an irony here:if only BAE Systems would switch to making ventilators and other life-saving equipment rather than manufacturing armaments sold, with UK government backing, to countries like Saudi Arabia that uses them to bomb civilians in Yemen. This war-torn country is in no state to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, after years of war, the people pawns in the battle for control between Saudi and Iran.… Read more »

For further information about the UK arms trade, go to the Campaign Against Arms Trade website Typhoon and Tornado aircraft, made by BAE Systems, have been central to the attacks, along with BAE’s ALARM precision-guided missiles and a 500-pound rocket-assisted bomb manufactured by GEC-Marconi Dynamics, subsequently acquired by BAE Systems.