Aerospace & Defence


Aerospace & Defence

The UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world after the US, with over 3,000 companies employing about 230,000 people. It's expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% over the next few years meaning opportunities for overseas investment.  The Solent region has over 20% of the UK market share of this high-growth sector with a concentration of employment that is double the national average. 

This region has an outstanding cluster of world-class companies including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Astrium, GE Aviation and QinetiQ.

Satellite Applications Catapult - The Satellite Applications Catapult's world-class facilities and expertise enable the best businesses, researchers and end-users to work with us to develop new satellite-based products, services and applications, translating ideas from concept to market.

South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications  The new South Coast Centre of Excellence in SatelliteApplications, which is co-funded by the UK Space Agency, was established is in response to thegrowing interest in how satellite data and technologies are helping businessesgenerate new ideas and solutions to grow.  Partners for the new Centre of Excellence include: University ofPortsmouth, University of Brighton, University of Southampton, NationalOceanography Centre, Marine South East, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult andHampshire County Council. Its market focus areas cover Maritime and Marine andAutonomous Systems.

ADS Group is the premier trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) provides a focus for over 1,200 aerospace and defence related companies located in southern England.  The Consortium enables its members to become more competitive through improved marketing, sharing of best practice, access to current research and collective action.