South West Regional Defence and Security Cluster

The UK’s first pan-Defence and Security Cluster


About the Cluster and its purpose


The SWRDSC is the first pan-Defence and Security cluster in the UK. It forms a collaboration led by industry and academia with the support of government and its ministerial departments such as the MOD and its innovation directorate, and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

The cluster seeks to aggregate and raise the profile of regional D&S capability to stimulate greater sector knowledge, business, economic growth and productivity across the South West region. It will attract businesses of all scales with an interest in D&S to deliver new sector and cross-sector capability. It aims to apply a ‘Team UK’ approach to enable more joined up working between industry, academia and government, providing an efficient and accessible route to industry curation and the region’s D&S value chain.


The SW RDSC shall provide access to a greater pan-sector network and provide opportunity for collaboration

Funding Streams

Unlocking the path to engage with key stakeholders and funding bodies, for tradition and non-traditional defence suppliers

South West

Full membership is open to Organisations in the regions of Cornwall & IoS, Heart of the South West, and Dorset LEP


SWRDSC Cyber SIG Launch 12 May

Join the South West Defence & Security Cluster for the launch of the Cyber SIG chaired by Chloe Rowland from the University of Plymouth. Date: 12 May Thursday 11 00 - 12 30 Location: Online | Microsoft Teams Join the Cluster for the inaugural Cyber...

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Defence Innovation in the Solent

Paul Wright from DSTL and Peter Wilkins from DASA will explore what is happening in the world of defence and how the wider region can now get involved. Time & Location 21 Apr, 17:00 Defence Industry in the South About the Event This is an industry that is open for...

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BattleLab has been named as one of the ‘deep tech’ test centres for the new Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). A partnership between the UK & Estonia to maintain NATO’s technological edge.

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CTO @ATLAS_AEUK gave a presentation at @DefBattleLab & I picked up these key points. So, when you digital agencies get bored of building websites, turn those analysis, UX, creative skills to design modern interfaces to engineering problems in the defence sector. @UKSiliconSouth

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  • Membership of the SW RDSC is open to traditional and non-traditional D&S businesses, Higher Education and research institutions.


  • The Cluster’s geographical boundaries for membership are related to the coverage of Cornwall and Isle of Scilly, Dorset and Heart of the South West LEPs.
  • Membership categories are Full, Affiliate and Strategic

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