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Freddie Roe

Director – Aerospace and Defence

Astute has enjoyed a very direct relationship with aerospace & defence since our inception in 1989; our founder’s background was distribution with defence companies such as Plessey, Marconi and British Aerospace. Nothing has changed in the strength of our relationships, only the names of the companies and the type of services we now offer, which are far greater and wider in scope. Going back a decade, we were supporting customers in the latter stages of an equipment’s life cycle: obsolescence or a lack of supply in the market was the driver.

Today, with equipment staying in service longer than ever, our customers now rely on us for support and involvement at the start of a product’s life, as designing the right material in equipment during the concept phase is critical to the through-life support of it. This has seen a real shift in our offering. With 40+ franchised lines across connectors, power, semiconductors and E-Mech, we now offer a full Design>Fulfilment>Support service.

Start the right way with Astute .


Contact us to discover how Astute can assist with time and resource intensive supply-chain complexities. From mitigating risk, protecting from counterfeit attacks and managing tail-end spend. We have got you covered.

Franchised Electronics

Technical design support and distribution of 45+ component manufacturers.


Total Solution

Astute’s Total Solution effectively consolidates complex supply-chain elements, allowing the customer to focus on their core skills.


Counterfeit Avoidance

Discover our world leading counterfeit avoidance program. Trusted by life-critical device manufacturers for decades.


As a fully-integrated, embedded partner to the world’s largest defence Primes and their Tiers, Astute is highly experienced at procuring and managing everyday supplies – whatever they may be – and adhering to ever-more stringent regulation. We provide optimised supply chains and deliveries across multi-site locations, on-time delivery, on-site support, stock-level checking and quality compliance.

We are a respected advocate for counterfeit mitigation. Both an active participant in the Ministry of Defence’s Counterfeit Avoidance Working Group (CAWG) and a member of ADS, moreover the only defence distributor with AS6081 accreditation across multiple locations, Astute Electronics is uniquely placed to help you de-risk your supply chain and prepare you for the many new standards that govern the sector.

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Avionics at Astute

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Supporting A & D Supply Chain for Over 30 years

Astute provide an all encompassing 360 supply-chain solution. With technical product management for over 45+ electronic component manufacturers, and in-house logistics expertise, Astute can help to consolidate complex project elements, helping you get back to your core purpose.

Servicing the needs of global leaders within aerospace and defence industries, means that we are well placed to deliver the best solutions for hi-rel requirement projects.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements.