The British Ministry of Defence (MOD) intends to sell the Defense Support Group (DSG) providing life cycle support for British military combat vehicles in the UK and abroad, the MOD announced. The move follows a government directive that followed the Strategic Defense & Security Review (SDSR) published in 2010, that recommended this act as a cost saving measure. The sale is expected to be completed by March 2013.

The sale will also gives DSG access to the investment required to grow and transform the services it provides to the armed forces.

A buyer will continue to provide the front line with DSG ’s capabilities to maintain and repair key military equipment and manage the storage of the land vehicle fleet. And, if necessary, deploy personnel to provide in-theatre support to UK military operations overseas.

DSG’s turnover is in excess of £200m, with a workforce of around 2400 strategically located throughout the UK.  DSG’s Head Office is located in Andover with main support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester, Kinnegar, Longmoor and Sennybridge. Additional support teams are permanently embedded in other UK military sites. One of these teams has also been based in Afghanistan at Camp Bastion.

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