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Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries, globally


ADS is the premier trade organisation advancing the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries. Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The industries represented by ADS are vital to the UK economy and are major drivers of growth and prosperity. The sector activities within ADS are designed to respond to the priority needs indicated by Members. It is also important to bring the sectors into focus for senior policy makers. The following priority objectives are designed to give focus to the work ADS undertakes:

·         Improve the image and profile of our industries

·         Influence the policy debates of most importance to our industries

·         Support UK manufacturing and our industries’ supply chains

·         Encourage investment in technology and innovation

·         Support business development opportunities nationally and in priority international markets

·         Increase Member value

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