Defence & Security

Dorset’s Defence & Security sector is a crucial part of the UK’s supply base, valued at £450 million and employing 12,000 people. As a strategic centre for Defence and Security, Dorset is anchored by a significant Ministry of Defence (MoD) presence engaged in research, development and operations. The Defence and Security sector has seen 17% GVA growth over the last five years. Dorset’s geography and secure facilities provide an ideal environment for high-tech development and testing across land, sea, and air. Land-based ranges at Bovington and Lulworth, along with facilities at Blandford Forum, complement sea-based MoD ranges, offering comprehensive support to the UK armed forces.

Infrastructure investments, such as 5G programmes and the £5.7m MoD Defence Battlelab, highlight Dorset’s commitment to top-tier opportunities. The South West Regional Defence and Security Cluster promotes collaboration, driving sector knowledge and economic growth regionally and nationally.


Dorset’s Aerospace sector is home to major players on the world aerospace stage. The Materials industry provides essential components for military equipment. In Maritime, Dorset excels offering extensive capabilities in underwater sensors and signatures. In Digital, Dorset leads in providing capability to the UK MoD. Additionally, Dorset hosts a thriving Defence Consultancy sector, offering expertise in safety, design, and innovation. The region’s strength in Electronic Engineering supports aerospace, maritime and digital domains with a breadth of capability.

Explore Dorset, a key hub for Defence and Security innovation, boasting state-of-the-art facilities, a skilled workforce, and strategic infrastructure investments, offering unparalleled opportunities for high-tech development, testing, and training across land, sea, and air.


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