About us

We are a bespoke trading entity, and arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence. We manage a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. We work closely with industry, including through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives.

Who we are

DE&S employs approximately 12,000 civil servants and military personnel around the UK and overseas and our headquarters are in Bristol.


We are responsible for:


  • providing the right equipment to the armed forces and supporting it, whilst delivering better value for money to the taxpayer
  • transforming the organisation so that it can better support the armed forces

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