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 at the BattleLab, Dorset

Join us for our second in-person SWRDSC event of 2022. A great opportunity for all members to discover capabilities and talents of the SW. 31st March 2022 | In-person Location: Defence BattleLab, Dorset Innovation Park, Winfrith, Dorchester DT2 8ZB. This upcoming...

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Marine-i & SWRDSC

Join SWRDSC, Marine-i & Immersive Business for a great opportunity to network & hear more about these business support programmes. 30th March 10 00 - 13 30 | In-person Join SWRDSC, Marine-i & Immersive Business for a great opportunity to network & hear...

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SWRDSC Autonomy SIG Launch

23rd March 10 00 - 12 00 | Online Join SWRDSC and the launch of the Autonomy Special Interest Group, chaired by Steve Rice from the University of Plymouth. A virtual session exclusive to cluster members where we aim to highlight some of the fantastic autonomy relevant...

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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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