The Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. The programme provides a platform to recognize the people and companies that are driving change.

Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.

What is Innovation?

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Rankings as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.

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Within the Innovation category the themes that emerge from the research this year are a focus on new digital technologies and the development of new materials.

In the former, organisations are taking an increased interest in AI and how it can be used within defense structures for functions such as decision making and battlefield management. In addition there is an increased push to improve connectivity between different systems whether they be equipment, vehicle or command.

In the latter materials development continues apace with organisations demonstrating concepts with improved strength or flexibility.


This category includes institutions that have developed and introduced novel new aircraft designs and concepts.