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BAE Systems Selects Software to Enhance Trade Management Systems

BAE Systems Selects Software to Enhance Trade Management Systems
BAE Systems – one of the leading aerospace, defence, and security companies in the world – has launched a major IT transformation project in its UK Military Air & Information (MAI) division and selected software solution provider AEB as its partner to standardise and optimise global trade management systems.

In 2012, the MAI division of BAE Systems at the Warton and Samlesbury sites in Lancashire, United Kingdom, kicked-off a major project to enhance its existing global trade management system and thus the efficiency of its export controls compliance. The MAI’s export operation includes shipping of complete aircraft, spare parts, repair parts, and associated technology, and the size, scope, and complexity of the business required the launch of a transformation project – Project Saturn – with a new IT system at its core.

BAE Systems selected solution provider AEB to help drive forward BAE Systems’ objective of implementing a best in class export controls compliance programme, including US ITAR and UK controls. Building on a successful, 10-year business partnership, BAE Systems engaged AEB to enhance its export controls IT systems by implementing the latest functionalities from AEB’s ASSIST4 Compliance & Risk Management software suite.

The project is structured into three discrete phases, and the first two stages have been successfully completed. About 60 users across the BAE Systems sites in Warton, Samlesbury, and some Royal Air Force bases are already working with AEB’s software solutions. The third phase is due to go live in 2017 and will include US ITAR export control functionalities.

AEB’s solutions support BAE Systems’ goals to efficiently manage export controls of current MAI volumes and cater for future growth at the same time; to ensure compliance with the latest trade control obligations, including those under the ongoing US Export Control Reform (ECR); and to minimise compliance risk across the MAI division.

Benefits of the AEB solutions include faster processes, more efficient workflows, better data accuracy, and improved accessibility through enhanced web services. BAE Systems estimates a return on investment within 5 years of the purchase order date, and is currently discussing options to implement further AEB functionality to support efficient US EAR compliance.