Defence Equipment Sales Authority

DESA is the sole authority within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the sale of surplus military equipment and inventory from the UK armed forces.

About DESA

The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) offers an alternative way for customers and international governments to acquire proven capabilities in a cost effective manner. DESA handles the disposal of all materiel that can generate revenue within the UK and overseas, for example, aircraft, aircraft spares, ships, boats, river craft and other marine vessels and spares, military and domestics vehicles, with the exception of nuclear, domestic waste and infrastructure. It is unique in government, specialising in the sale of surplus equipment.

The DESA has 4 objectives for its sales activity:

  • maximise the receipts for the MOD
  • ensure legal and environmental requirements are met
  • provide defence engagement opportunities as a result of our sales activity
  • provide opportunities for British industry as part of the prosperity agenda

As an ISO 9001 accredited organisation, the DESA has an established track record of providing high quality, combat proven, military capability direct from the UK defence inventory as a cost effective alternative to buying new. Being a transparent and trusted department, the DESA looks to develop long term and mutually beneficial relationships with our international partners.

The DESA uses its close working relationships with UK defence industry to assist bespoke refurbishment and through life support packages.

Equipment for sale

The majority of surplus items and equipment is sold through the DESA’s specialist contractors and details of current stock available can be found at http://www.ex-mod.com/.

Such materiels include:

  • clothing
  • miscellaneous items
  • military and domestic vehicles
  • aircraft spares
  • naval and marine equipment
  • medical equipment
  • equipment from the clearance of British military camps

Direct sales of capital assets, for example aircraft or ships are advertised on the MOD surplus equipment page.

DESA contractors

Each of the DESA contracts have been competed through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tender procedures, and are regularly audited against strict contractual obligations, and are compliant with environmental and health and safety regulations. These contracts not only supply a collect-to-dispose service, but also offer a wide range of refurbished items for sale and ensure that the minimum of assets enter landfill. There are contracts with the following companies:

Contact DESA

By telephone: call Central Query Services on +44(0) 30 6770 2911

By email: deslcsls-edisposals@mod.uk

By post:

Defence Equipment Sales Authority
Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
Building H9
Ploughley Road
Lower Arncott
Bicester
Oxon OX25 1NY

Please include your full name and postal address in case we need to reply via postal mail.

For press enquiries please contact the DESA Secretariat:

By telephone: +44(0) 1869 256187

By email: deslcsls-edisposals@mod.uk

By post:

Comms & Sec Officer
Defence Equipment Sales Authority
Defence Equipment & Support
Building. H9
Ploughley Road
Lower Arncott
Bicester
Oxon OX25 1NY

Please include your full name and postal address in case we need to reply via postal mail.