Defence Support Group

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Defence Support Group
Agency overview
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters Andover, England, United Kingdom
Minister responsible Philip Dunne MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Agency executive Archie Hughes, Chief executive
Parent agency Ministry of Defence

The Defence Support Group is an executive agency and wholly owned trading fund of the Ministry of Defence. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the merger of Defence Aviation Repair Agency and the Army Base Repair Organisation.[1] It was created under The Defence Support Group Trading Fund Order 2008.[2]

DSG employs about 3,500 staff, with its Head Office in Andover. Annual turnover is in excess of £200 million. The Chief Executive is Archie Hughes, formerly from DARA.

DSG offers maintenance, repair and overhaul of military air and land equipment, mobile and in-barracks equipment support, fleet management, calibration, electronics, components and logistic support. DSG is one of the largest defence engineering service providers in the UK.


The main sites are at:

Smaller support sites are located:


DSG has undertaken a partnership with both Deeside College and Airbus UK to train its aeronautical engineers based at RAF Sealand.

Sale of DSG[edit]

In October 2010 the government announced[3] that DSG was to be sold off along with other corporate assets, telecommunications spectrum and Marchwood Military Port. Babcock International was announced as the preferred buyer of DSG's land repair and maintenance business in November 2014. The remaining air division and Electronics and Components Business Unit will remain under Government-ownership and become the Defence Electronics and Components Agency on 1 April 2015, when the sale to Babcock is due to be completed.[4]


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