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Spirit AeroSystems joins UKDSC as an Associate Member

UK Defence Solutions Centre is pleased to announce that Spirit AeroSystems has become a UKDSC Associate Member.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft, defence platforms, and business/regional jets.  Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has two key UK facilities in Prestwick and Belfast with around 3,600 employees.  Major drivers in their local economies, both sites have extensive UK supply chains, and state-of-the-art, collaborative innovation centres. The Prestwick centre has recently been completed with investment of £25m. Spirit is Northern Ireland’s single largest exporter, inward investor and manufacturer.

The company is supporting the Ministry of Defence’s Mosquito and Tempest projects and its Belfast operation is leading Team MOSQUITO on the development and manufacture of a technology demonstrator, with a full-scale vehicle flight test planned for late 2023. The programme is enabling the development of cutting-edge technologies, which will create and sustain high-value jobs, and maintain critical skills in the UK.

By working as part of ‘Team UK’, Spirit AeroSystems is committed to identifying potential future collaborative opportunities, which can be shared for the benefit of the UK and underpinned by sovereign engineering, manufacturing and testing capabilities. For more information, please go to

Linda Cabrera

Linda Cabrera

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