The quality management system at BAE Systems, Hillend, Dunfermline, UK, has been accredited with Aerospace Standard AS9100 – the highest standard required by the aerospace and defense industry. The operations at Hillend currently provide electronic assemblies and circuits for leading defense programs. The approval follows a successful eight-day audit conducted by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) assessors. A full ISO9001:2000 re-certification audit was also included as part of the assessment, with the site achieving full compliance.

Aerospace Standard AS9100 approval is a cornerstone of 21st Century Supply Chains (SC21), a program to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defense industry by raising the performance of its supply chains. As a major UK supplier of complex electronic assemblies for leading defense programs, the Hillend site was able to achieve the approval of AS9100 with a 100 percent score during the rigorous external audit process.