ADS aims to lift the limits on a new future, built on clean growth, sovereign capabilities for peace, and opening space to all. Our policy work is focused on representing industry and promoting measures to secure the UK’s domestic, global, and future advantage.

On behalf of more than 1,300 members, we work collaboratively with international governments, organisations and agencies involved in policy-making that impacts our sectors.

Through deep and embedded relationships, and team members with sector-specific experience in international organisations, we work tirelessly to secure the UK’s global advantage.


International trade

Recommendations for the UK system

AUKUS builds on the long-standing history and cooperation between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. This paper outlines the critical first steps to successfully “operationalise” AUKUS Pillar II, better equip industry to support the partnership’s evolving defence and security objectives and explore new opportunities for collaboration.

Read the AUKUS paper (PDF)

International associations


The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is the trade association representing 300 aerospace and defence manufacturers and suppliers across the United States. ADS engages regularly with the AIA on issues of transatlantic importance to our sectors and promotes the special relationship between the US and UK in the aerospace, defence and space industries.

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ASD Europe

ADS is the largest member and contributor to the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the trade association representing aerospace, defence and space in Europe. UK representation allows ADS to inform and influence key decision making at a European level, on both technical and political issues which affect UK industry.

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What our members say

I have worked with ADS throughout my career and they have always provided a route to market and an opportunity both to meet new and existing customers and also to influence the key stakeholders in my industry. The value of the collective voice of the members as championed by ADS is significant and both my company and I personally have developed and seen increased success owing to the opportunities ADS membership provides.
Luke Bonnett – Senior Business Manager, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
At OCR International we have found the services of ADS and its team to be of great value in helping us expand our business reach to engage with new opportunities. There are multiple opportunities for this ranging from networking events, speaking opportunities, exhibitions and joining and participating with special interest groups. We would recommend membership of ADS as a vibrant and forward thinking community for anyone involved in the Defence, Aerospace or Security sectors.
Simon Heath, Director of Sales from OCR
As an ADS member, I am able to attend many diverse events, spread geographically across the UK. These present amazing opportunities to connect, collaborate and even to sell. The Special Interest Groups allow me to focus in on specific sectors, markets and opportunities too.
Steven Borwell, Managing Director, KOIOS Group
ADS provide our company with industry insights about the most important subjects that affect our business. Many of our team are influencing the future by joining ADS boards discussing important sector topics. ADS provides premium access to the most appropriate industry shows and events. The presence that ADS has increases the impact we could make alone.
Anthony Hammond. Divisional Managing Director, Hyde Aero Group
ALTEN's leadership in engineering and IT services has been greatly enhanced through our partnership with ADS Group. Their support has streamlined our security vetting process, enabling seamless global collaborations. The Meet the Buyer events have offered us invaluable visibility, strategic connections, and a multitude of business opportunities.
Testimonial from Alten Ltd