The Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector in the UK has a strong heritage in both the defence and civil markets and has developed a wide portfolio of products and capabilities to best meet the needs of its customers. In particular, the sector has distinctive experience in high performance surveillance and sensors; command, control, communications and intelligence systems; and protection for forces, systems and platforms.
The sector’s high level of innovation also provides dual solution surveillance, monitoring and integrated systems, along with training and support. Being committed to delivery throughout the lifecycle, the Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector has demonstrated its operational support with rapid reconfiguration, integration and successful delivery of a wide range of equipment and systems across platforms and domains.
It’s through the 4,700 highly skilled employees in the UK that the sector is able to continuously develop and deliver innovative solutions that address customer requirements. Working across a number of sites in the UK, including Basildon, Luton, Edinburgh, Bristol, the South Coast and Lincoln, 70% of the sector’s engineers and personnel have technical qualifications.
Not only does the Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector invest in the development of its own people but also in the future of engineering. The sector currently has over 160 young people in triple accredited graduate and advanced apprenticeship programmes, and takes a key role in STEM initiatives with schools and universities. Each summer, the Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector hosts over 150 work experience students throughout its UK sites.
The sector is also a large contributor to the export market, over 60% of the sector’s business in the UK is in exports, and to UK domestic sales. The Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector sustains and invests in a substantial UK supply network of 1,200 companies, with more than 900 of these being SMEs with whom the company works closely through mentoring, enhancing skills and infrastructure development. In addition, the company makes an annual commitment of private investment in leading edge research in the UK, involving more than 20 universities.
Through the company’s innovative approach, applied in export markets across the world, and seen in advanced manufacturing, in supply chain management, and in skills development, the Electronics, Defence & Security Systems sector continues to ensure that the vital capabilities for maintaining operational advantage and freedom of action can be sustained in the UK.