More than 200 ADS members from the defence, space and security sectors will be attending Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), which opened its doors today.

DSEI is recognised as the world’s largest land, sea and air biennial defence and security exhibition, connecting governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence and security supply chain on a global scale. The event, which is taking place at ExCeL London, is one of the industry’s first in-person events of the year.

ADS is set to welcome more than 90 UK companies, including 80 ADS members, in the ADS-hosted United Kingdom Pavilion, which showcases the country’s defence and security capabilities. The UK Pavilion is located in the North Hall of the venue, where ADS will also be co-ordinating tours of key international delegations with UK Defence and Security Exports, as well as domestic delegations and key VIP visits from UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Government officials.

Tomorrow morning, ADS will be hosting a SME Breakfast event sponsored by GRC Limited, which will include a speech by ADS CEO Kevin Craven. Craven will also speak at an Afternoon Tea Networking event sponsored by Moog, will welcome senior representatives from the MOD, Front Line Command and Government stakeholders. ADS colleagues will also feature on the event’s seminar and keynote programme.

Industries deliver £60.2bn turnover plus £27bn value add to UK economy

Ahead of DSEI, ADS created a infographic detailing the contribution of the UK defence and security sectors both to national security and prosperity through creation of highly skilled jobs, innovations and exports. The full infographic can be accessed here.

The sectors deliver national growth and investment, with a combined turnover of £60.2bn and £27.1bn valued added in 2020. The UK’s defence and security sectors deliver diverse expertise which equips UK Armed Forces, Police and Security Services with capabilities and solutions to protect the UK’s people, places and prosperity.

The sectors also provide a high-tech, high-skill, high-wage economy, employing over 302,000 people with an average salary of £37,750 – 20 per cent higher than the national average.


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