Empowering missions with expertise and innovation

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Founded in 1980 and part of Cohort plc, we have over 40 years’ experience in delivering Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions to our military and government customers. With our in-house design, engineering, and integration skills and an ever-expanding network of specialist technology providers, we have the ability and agility to deliver innovative solutions at pace.

We are adept at working to precise requirements and rigorous standards to ensure our solutions achieve their mission on land, at sea, and in the air. Our reputation is built around our expertise and discretion, enabling us to identify the latest technologies and solutions whilst integrating with our own capabilities when required to suit the unique demands of each customer we work with.


Our customers and partners can feel safe in the knowledge that we can collaboratively design, manufacture, integrate and select overseas equipment while providing training and rapid support from our UK base. Technical and commercial enquiries are expertly handled by our knowledgeable team, all of whom are trained on all the equipment we supply. This enables us to respond quickly and effectively to any platform’s technical, training and support requirements, both in the UK and worldwide.

MCL is one of a few small businesses to be approved as part of the Design Approved Organization Scheme (DAOS). DAOS accreditation from the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) enables us to design and support equipment for military aircraft.

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Our History

A snapshot of our history since we were founded in 1980.

  • 2021-24

    MCL utilises its wide partnering network to win multiple contracts for delivery of future capabilities in support of current operations. 

  • 2021

    After 40 years, MCL moves from Dovenby Hall to Perrywood Business Park due to internal growth. 

    MCL wins the contract to provide ELINT systems to the British Army.

  • 2019

    MCL receives a five-year sole-source contract to provide sensor capabilities to the Royal Navy.

  • 2018

    MCL achieves Design Approved Organization Scheme (DAOS) accreditation from the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), enabling it to design equipment for UK MOD aircraft.

  • 2017

    MCL wins a further contract for hearing protection and communication ancillaries for specialist users.

    MCL wins the tri-service THPS DCCU contract to supply hearing protection for use with the soldier radio.

  • 2015

    MCL enters the hearing protection market with a win for passive ear plugs.

    MCL secures further success in the UK Defence electronic surveillance industry, being awarded a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for its Light Weight Electronic Surveillance Capability (LWESC).

  • 2014

    MCL was acquired by Cohort PLC

  • 2012

    MCL delivers the first nano UAV to the battlefield.

  • 2011

    MCL supplies the Royal Navy with complex electronic surveillance systems.

  • 2009

    We were honoured to be part of the Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures Team that won a ministerial award.

    MCL designs, manufactures and supplies the first timing devices for use with the UK ECM suite.

  • 2001-2019

    MCL supports the early Afghanistan War, delivering communication ancillaries for armoured fighting vehicles.

  • 1990

    MCL supports the Gulf War, supplying communication ancillaries for armoured fighting vehicles.

  • 1986-1998

    MCL supplies COMINT and ELINT systems for maritime patrol aircraft to assist with intelligence gathering by interception of signals.

  • 1982

    MCL delivers the first Chirp sounder units (a shortwave radio transmitter that sweeps the HF spectrum).

    MCL moves to Dovenby Hall.

  • 1980

    MCL was founded at Marlborough House in Leatherhead, Surrey.

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