The UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) responds to international customers’ needs for innovative and tailored world-class defence solutions, at the pre-competitive stage.

Facilitating closer collaboration with customers, collaboration partners and industry, the UKDSC looks out across a 15-year horizon.

Established as an independent entity in 2015, the UKDSC works to make the UK defence industry more successful in exports through

  • Better alignment with UK Government
  • Better collaboration within the UK value chain
  • Stimulating innovation and investment from a broad range of sources.

Created as part of the implementation plan for the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) and jointly funded by government and industry, the UKDSC works closely with the UK’s Department for International Trade – Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO)  , the UK Government, and the best of the defence industry, academia and R&D. This is a world first approach to collaboration in defence solutions and we believe this approach will grow the UK defence industry to be the world-leading centre of innovation.

The UK has a world-class industrial base with a diverse range of companies with niche skills and industrial capabilities, supported by an advanced manufacturing base. UK industries’ greatest assets include their ability to solve complex problems and to advance and push the boundaries of science and technology, the outputs of which are used in many non-defence sectors as well.


In recent years overseas competition has grown significantly, challenging the UK’s product and service offerings. This has led the UK to rethink its approach to the export market. To deliver the UK’s Prosperity Agenda and to ensure leading-edge capabilities are available to our own Armed Forces, allies and partners in the future, it is imperative to develop attractive and competitive products and services within the UK inventory.

The UKDSC is the centralised coordinating and strategic planning function for industry. Providing a coherent view of future export requirements demands a view of strategic technologies and capabilities, which is what the UKDSC has. The UKDSC’s strategy is underpinned by its values, which apply to all employees working within the UKDSC.

Our Values

Working for UK Defence

We are proud to work in the UK defence industry with its fantastic history of success and its ability to shape the future through innovation. We facilitate innovation, identify opportunities and seek routes to market for UK plc within the defence sector. By aligning potential customers’ needs and the world class capability present within UK industry, we aim to improve the competitive edge of the UK defence sector in both the domestic and export markets.

Acting as UK Defence Sector Ambassadors

We are committed to positioning the industry as a global technical leader, encouraging investment in world-class manufacturing, products and services.

Demonstrating Trust and Integrity

We operate in the pre-competitive space, developing trusted relationships with export customers, advocating UK solutions to our customers’ complex defence problems and acting as the customer’s voice to align UK industry. We understand and value the importance of treating sensitive information appropriately.

Operating Independently and Innovatively

Our team, drawing on reach back into stakeholder companies, have a broad and deep sector expertise, allowing us to offer independent technical and strategic insight, challenging conventional methods and promoting innovation.

Responding with Agility

We are a small team, with a simple structure allowing us to respond swiftly to enquiries and to conduct our business in a fast and efficient manner.