Providing Advanced Modern Capabilities

Caroline Donaghy – the director for Defence activity at ADS Group

Date: Issue 124 - July 2023 Update: April 15, 2024

As the UK’s trade association for aerospace, defence, security, and space organisations, ADS is committed to strengthening our collaboration with international partners. We are proud to host the United Kingdom Pavilion at IDEF 2023. The Pavilion is home to outstanding examples of British innovation and engineering, and, if you stop by, you will see why the defence sector is such as source of pride in the United Kingdom. 

The UK is the second largest defence exporter in the world, with export orders worth £7.4 billion to the UK on a three-year average. In 2022, ADS estimates that the defence sector generated £22.8 billion in turnover, and directly employ 147,500 people. Our highly skilled and innovative workforce includes 6,900 apprentices who deliver dynamic and technologically advanced services and capabilities as global threats and volatility increase.