BAE Systems is set to invest tens of millions of pounds upgrading its Rochester site in Kent after securing planning permission. The Marconi Way plant will now undergo a phased redevelopment which will include the construction of a new factory.

BAE Systems was founded in Rochester in 1999, following the merger of Marconi and British Aerospace. The site, home to its UK-based Electronic Systems business, produces a wide range of advanced technologies for the commercial and military aviation markets, including flight and engine controls, night vision systems, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and communications equipment.