Defence Support overview

We are incredibly proud of our  life-saving e-learning solution, developed with the British Army and deployed for Operation Gritrock to combat the deadly Ebola virus. Watch the video below to find out more about this multi-award winning project, the difference it made to Ebola victims, UK teams and NGOs operating in Sierre Leone.

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We provide a range of defence support services essential for the delivery and Through Life Management (TLM) of systems and equipment. Our full range of services includes:

  • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)
  • Technical Documentation
  • Functional & Systems Safety Management
  • Training
  • Environmental Management & Consultancy
  • Independent Safety Advice
  • Independent Safety Auditing
  • Auditing & Quality Management
  • Bid Support
  • Site Co-ordinating & Installation Design Authority (SCIDA)
  • Project Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Secure Data Storage, Scanning & Digitisation
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Operating from government-approved secure premises, we provide a comprehensive range of support services essential for the delivery and Through Life Management of systems and equipment.

We enable our customers to concentrate on their core design and manufacturing businesses whilst enjoying the peace of mind offered by CDS’ end-to-end support services and project management.

With over 50 years’ experience and a team of ex-military engineers you’ll be hard pushed to find a more experienced and capable team to assist you with your projects.

CDS is conversant with and delivers to all recognised military and commercial standards including:

  • ASD S1000D, S2000M, S3000L, S4000M and S5000F
  • Def Stan 00-35, 00-40, 00-42, 00-44, 00-60, 00-600 and 13-99
  • JSPs 886, (D) 543, 430, 440, 480, 520, 454, 815 and 822
  • AVP70
  • NES 40
  • ATA iSpec 2200
  • ASD-STE100
  • DITA
  • SEMI

CDS holds the following certification:

  • ISO 9001:2008
  • ISO27001: 2013
  • OHSAS 18001:2007
  • ISO 14001:2004
  • BS10008: 2014
  • ISO 20000-1:2011

Making Procurement Simple

CDS provide a number of commercial mechanisms for MoD clients to access our services.

CDS’ Defence Support division has been a participating contractor on all iterations of the MoD’s Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS), including the most recent (FATS/4 & FATS/STS). CDS has therefore built a significant track record in providing high-quality and cost-effective services to MoD clients, especially within DE&S.

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CDS is also an associate member of the Niteworks Partnership. Established in 2003, Niteworks is a partnership between the MoD, Dstl and the UK Defence industry with an established commercial model that enables quick access to industrial expertise for decision support.

CDS is an approved supplier of training services to HMG via ‘Civil Service Learning’. Managed by Capita, ‘Civil Service Learning’ provides a quick and efficient route to market for clients in the public sector including the MoD who need access to approved training providers.

All the above routes include an element of prior assessment ensuring that the timescale from publication of requirement to contract award can be significantly quicker than traditional procurement models.

For more information on how to access CDS by any of the above means please contact our Cheltenham based sales team.


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