Hunting PLC is a £1.3 billion turnover international group which was founded in 1874. The company is about the 130th largest company in Britain with major interests in Oil Services, Defence Engineering and Military Support. It consists of thre operating divisions; Aviation, Defence and Oil, and employs some 12,500 people world wide. The Defence Division consists of three principal activities; Hunting Engineering, the development of weapons systems for the UK Government and of communication systems in military vehicles; Irvin Aerospace, the manufacture of retarders and parachutes in four countries, and Hunting-BRAE, the management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
In 1993 the Ministry of Defence handed the responsibility for managing and operating AWE to Hunting-BRAE, a consortium comprising Hunting Engineering Ltd., Brown and Root Ltd. and Atomic Energy Authority. Hunting-BRAE is the contractor for the management and operation of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) comprising four sites at Aldermaston, Burghfield, Foulness and Cardiff.
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