Roke Manor Research

Roke Manor Research Limited is a UK company based at Roke Manor in Romsey, Hampshire. It is a contract research and development business for communications, networks, and electronic sensors. In addition to supporting Chemring, work is also conducted in both the public and private sectors. The company also created Hawk-Eye [2] which is now used widely in sports such as tennis and cricket.

Roke Manor Research
Limited Company
HeadquartersRomsey, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Paul MacGregor, Managing Director
Ian Cooper, Finance Director
Number of employees
Approximately 475 (2006)
ParentChemring Group PLC[1]

Roke has been part of the Chemring Group since 2010, having been initially founded as part of the Plessey company and then subsequently owned for almost 20 years by Siemens.

Company history

  • 1956 - Founded as Plessey Research Roke Manor Limited by the Plessey company.[3] The first managing director was Harold J. Finden, an electrical engineer at Plessey.
  • 1990 - Passed to GEC-Siemens AG in a joint takeover.
  • 1991 - Became wholly owned by Siemens AG when GEC sold their 50% shareholding to Siemens Plessey Electronic Systems.
  • 2010 - Roke was acquired by the Chemring Group PLC.[4][5]




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  2. "About Hawk-Eye". Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
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  5. "Completion of acquisition of Roke". Chemring Group PLC. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  6. "Recalling Early GaAs MMIC Developments". Microwaves & RF. March 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  7. "Hostile Artillery LOcation (HALO) System". Jane's Information Group. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2010-08-16. Jane's Military Communications
  8. "The Worldaware Award 2000 for Innovation". Worldaware. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  9. Hughes, Simon (2000-11-15). "How's that then for hi-tech?". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  10. Owens, N., Harris, C., Stennett, C. (2003). "Hawk-eye tennis system". International Conference on Visual Information Engineering, 2003. VIE 2003.
  11. "RESOLVE tactical EW manpack system". Jane's Information Group. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  12. "Roke Electronic Warfare System Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise". Roke Manor Research Limited. 2011-04-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  13. "A List of the 2011 and Previous Winners of The Queen's Award for Innovation" (PDF). Business Link. 2011-04-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  14. Harman, Martin (September 2006). "More Room On Top". Engineering & Technology. IET.
  15. "Roke MRA receives ingress protection certification". Shephard Press Limited. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  16. "LOCATE - Strategic HF Signals Intelligence". Roke Manor Research Limited. Retrieved 24 June 2011.

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