ASD is the voice of European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries, representing over 3,000 companies and actively supporting the competitive development of the sector in Europe and worldwide. It has direct members, active in 18 countries, including 16 major European industries and 23 National Associations. ASD members together employed more than 843,000 people and generated a turnover of €220 billion in 2016.
For the benefit of European industries and in the collective interest of its members, ASD seeks to:
- act as a single voice to promote the best interests of the Industry in dialogue with the EU Institutions and other stakeholders;
- contribute to shape effective policy and legislation at European and global level by advocating common positions;
- promote international cooperation and dialogue with other international associations and organisations;
- raise awareness about the benefits of our sectors to a large variety of audiences: politicians, decision-makers, businesses, the media, general public, NGOs and other stakeholders;
- act as the central intelligence hub for expert knowledge on industry-related issues.
ASD concentrates on issues covering civil aviation, defence, security and space. It is committed to sustaining and growing a competitive sector. It is to achieve this strategic objective that ASD analyses, formulates and establishes policy positions for the industry on key strategic sectorial issues, cooperating with industry and EU institutions on a number of market developments and technology research projects.
ASD also coordinates European and international policy, communications, analysis and provides support to its members’ requirements and needs to help their development, offering the best networking and learning opportunities in the sector. In addition, the advocacy activities undertaken by ASD help create a suitable policy framework within which members can successfully develop their businesses.
ASD has affiliated associations: ASD–STAN and ASD-CERT, together with EAQG, form the quality-related services of ASD. The purpose of these services is to contribute to improvements in quality and reduction in costs throughout the value stream by maintaining cooperation between European Aerospace Companies in business areas.
At global level, ASD is a member of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA). ICCAIA provides an avenue for the world's aerospace manufacturers to offer their industry expertise to the development of the international standards and regulations necessary for the safety and security of air transport. Recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with observer status, ICCAIA actively participates in the work of ICAO regarding the environment, air navigation and air transport matters. ICCAIA also interacts with such regulatory authorities as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
With this approach, ASD enables a unified voice on the number of fora where industry needs to be active and engage with European Institutions.