Defence Support Group

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Defence Support Group
Agency overview
Formed 2008
Dissolved 2015
Jurisdiction United Kingdom
Headquarters Andover, England, United Kingdom
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Archie Hughes, Chief executive
Parent agency Ministry of Defence

The Defence Support Group (DSG) was 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] Part of the Defence Support Group (DSG) was sold to Babcock on 31 March 2015 while the remainder became the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) on 1 April 2015.

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

DSG offered 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 was one of the largest defence engineering service providers in the UK.


The main sites were:

Smaller support sites were:


DSG undertook 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.

In November 2014 Babcock International was announced as the preferred buyer of DSG's land repair and maintenance business and an agreement was reached in December 2014. The sale was completed to Babcock on 1 April 2015.

The remaining air division and Electronics and Components Business Unit remained under MOD ownership and became the Defence Electronics and Components Agency[4]


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