With almost 100 companies from indigenous SMEs to large international businesses, Northern Ireland has a growing aerospace, defence and security sector. However, there is also a real opportunity to build on its present capability in a range of areas such software engineering, data analytics, networks, financial software, connected health, sensors and cyber security, and custom made body armour solutions through direct engagement with defence sector primes. A strong collaborative approach may accelerate this growth and DTEP will facilitate this through collaboration and engagement with an “end-user”.

Why attend

At this event, delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, ADS and Invest NI, you will hear about the key technology challenges many prime defence companies face when delivering solutions to their clients who have increasing demands for new, complex and innovative solutions. Come and find out about the range of funding available for businesses and their collaborators. You will also have the opportunity to meet the defence primes on a 1-2-1 basis and to potentially create a partnership to tackle the challenges and bid for the funding under DTEP.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the technology challenges of defence sector primes (both NI and GB-based)

  • Network with NI companies or organisations to facilitate consortium building

  • Meet defence sector primes on a 1-2-1 basis

  • Better understand the DTEP support funding

DTEP support is State Aid provided under Invest NI’s Grant for R&D scheme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.


09:15 Registration and networking breakfast
10:00 Ministry of Defence Address: Huw Walters, Director, Economic Security & Prosperity
10:05 Invest NI Address: Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director, Invest NI
10:15 Philip McBride, ADS NI Council Chair, General Manager Thales
10:25 Jim Erskine, CCP Gransden Ltd – Experience of NATEP programme
10:30 Panel discussion ‘Prosperity through innovation’ chaired by Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI: Involving ADS NI, Thales, MOD, Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University

Series of pre-bookable 1-2-1 appointments between ‘Primes’ and NI businesses:

The companies listed below will be available for 1-2-1 meetings during which you can explore opportunities or synergies which may lead to future collaboration. Please explore the links provided to understand the capabilities of each company before booking your appointment on the registration page.

  1. Babcock -https://www.babcockinternational.com/
  2. Bombardier - https://www.bombardier.com/en/aerospace/aerostructures-engineeringservices.html
  3. Cobham - https://www.cobham.com/
  4. Leonardo - https://www.uk.leonardocompany.com/
  5. Lockheed Martin - https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-gb/index.html
  6. MBDA Systems - https://www.mbda-systems.com/
  7. QinetiQ - https://www.qinetiq.com/
  8. Thales - https://www.thalesgroup.com/en
12:30 Networking lunch



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E C I T Building,

Channel Commercial Park,

Queens Road,


United Kingdom