BAE Systems and Hadean renew military training collaboration


Hadean and BAE Systems will expand their partnership to develop advanced digital technology for military training. Under a new enterprise license, BAE Systems will leverage Hadean’s AI and LLM integrations for scalable, interoperable training solutions.

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London, UK, 12 September 2023 – British scale-up, Hadean, and BAE Systems, are set to extend and expand their collaboration on the development of disruptive, next-generation digital technology for military training. 

Under a new enterprise licence, BAE Systems will be able to exploit state-of-the-art AI and Large Language Model (LLM) integrations of the Hadean Platform for Defence. This will help to deliver scalable, interoperable, and immersive collective training solutions to military personnel across services, domains and allies, whilst also allowing investigation of wider applications.

The companies first signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at IT2EC 2022, agreeing to leverage Hadean’s robust spatial computing platform, as a vendor for novel software enabling technology, and explore new opportunities to provide bespoke simulation environments and scenarios.

From June 2022, Hadean showcased the ability of their cloud-native solutions to combine and expand various 2D, 3D, and Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) elements of ground-based group training. This involved collecting data and instantly streaming training results in real-time.

By March 2023, Hadean’s platform was integrated with the wider BAE Systems ecosystem of partners to deliver Project OdySSEy – a single synthetic environment for multi-domain training, brought together by a consortium of expert SMEs in data analytics, AR and VR. 

Hadean CEO, Craig Beddis, said: “Our collaboration with BAE Systems demonstrates the critical role agile and flexible SMEs like Hadean can play in unlocking possibilities for defence primes and accelerating the development of groundbreaking technologies. We’re excited to extend our close collaboration and work together to ensure our Armed Forces have the necessary training they need to meet the challenges of their operational environment, when they need, anywhere they need it – across services, allies, domains and classifications.”

Rob Merryweather, BAE Systems’ Technology Director, added: “Hadean brings its innovative cloud technology into the synthetic environments that we build to help train, wargame and simulate new capability across every military domain. By working with SMEs like Hadean, BAE Systems can help apply start-up technology in complex and highly secure military areas, which brings innovation to our customers more quickly whilst helping smaller companies work in the defence sector. We’re very much looking forward to renewing our collaboration.”

Find out more about Hadean’s role and the wider group of SMEs working in this area – come along to BAE Systems’ synthetic training panel on Wednesday, September 1300 – 1130. It will be on The Hub Stage, BAE Systems Stand (H3-110). Find out how BAE Systems is applying its expertise in military training with technology from a range of leading companies to develop next generation training for the military forces of tomorrow.  The session will give you an overview of the companies involved, which specialise in simulation, supercomputing, data analytics and augmented and virtual reality to create a single synthetic environment, enabling air, land, sea, space and cyber forces to plug in and train together.

Hadean will also showcase its spatial computing platform at DSEI, stand H2-130, every day for the duration of the show at 11:30 and 15:30

About Hadean

Hadean is a UK-based scale-up that’s modernising the military training and simulation ecosystem. Our technology provides the spatial compute infrastructure that enables allies, domains, systems and technologies to deliver next generation multi-domain training, decision support, test and evaluation, and wargaming. Our customers and partners include BAE Systems, UK Ministry of Defence, British Army, Microsoft, Cervus. For more visit:

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. The Company employs a skilled workforce of 93,100 people in around 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, they develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.