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The UK is committed to investing in an assured, resilient, high-tech industrial base, particularly in sectors where there is an imperative for UK Defence to be at the forefront, such as cutting-edge spacetechnologies or cyber research.

Launched in November 2022, the Research, Experimentation and Demonstration (RED) Hub is an innovative and dynamic Airbus-led Research Consultancy. We deliver focussed and relevant solutions to support UK ambitions in S&T, to deliver strategic advantage in MOD’s Space and Digital challenges. 

The RED Hub provides a coherent front door for the rapid capture and delivery of customer funded research tasks from across Defence. We act as the centre of a UK Defence ‘research community of interest’ across Airbus Defence and Space, building a collaborative ecosystem with our suppliers and partners to respond rapidly to defence needs.

Principal Duties

  • Act as the "Front Door" for relevant UK MOD Research Frameworks on behalf of Connected Intelligence and Space Systems
  • Bid and deliver tasks within the Frameworks
  • Develop and manage our partner ecosystem to support Defence S&T activities

Success Stories

 Emerging MILSATCOM Waveform Technologies

Designed to meet a requirement to keep pace with advances in Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) technologies, we delivered a final report that identified contender technologies, assessed and identified such technological advantages, commented on possible uptake, technology trends, global partnerships or exploitation routes and detailed the possible risks with those technologies. This report was produced with the support of Airbus’s wide breadth of technical expertise.

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition for "Generation After Next" Network Techniques

Our submission, for Cross-Layer Traffic Optimisation in Denied, Degraded, Intermittent and Latent  (DDIL) Scenarios, was accepted and is currently in delivery. Two milestone demonstrations have been provided to the customer, who has provided positive feedback.


In 2024 RED Hub will continue to work as a robust, vital and innovative team that supports Airbus across all research, experimentation and development needs. 

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