Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) has been active in defence-systems engineering since our founder’s pioneering work in the development of the first battle tanks used by the British Army in WWI. The challenges faced by today’s armed forces place ever-increasing demands on equipment, requiring innovative engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions.

We are unique in offering deep content consulting, combining top management consulting expertise with in-depth industry know-how. Leveraging Ricardo’s Defence System expertise and proven track record in global military vehicle engineering, we support governments, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers across the global defence sector. Joined teams of experienced management consultants and engineering experts provide end-to-end delivery capabilities with consulting services across the entire Defence value chain.

RSC profile

  • In-Depth Industry Know-How
    • Experience from >1000 consulting projects since foundation in 2002
    • Consultants with long-standing experience at top management consultancies and leading industrial companies
  • Operations Improvement
    • Experience with large-scale transformation programs
    • Strong expertise in both strategy development and operations improvement
  • Thought Leadership
    • Thought leadership in key technology areas together with Ricardo Engineering
    • Focus on projects in forward thinking areas like CO2-reduction, lightweight, connectivity, e-mobility, global strategies, etc.
  • Unique Combination of Competences
    • Unique combination of industry, technology, and management consulting competences
    • Strong link of strategic analysis and technical in-depth knowledge
  • Global Consulting Approach
    • Approximately 60 experienced consultants based in all major automotive markets worldwide (Germany, USA, Great Britain, China, Japan, India)
    • Global and flexible assignments of consultants across all regions

Examples of RSC’s recent Defence experience

  • Market demand and profitability assessment of an advanced military vehicle system technology
  • Assessment of the market acceptance of a high-density power generation system
  • Definition of resources and competencies required to deliver a tracked recovery vehicle project in less than four years
  • Independent technology assessment and bid support for a major government ground vehicle program
  • Market entry strategy for defence supplier entering the commercial vehicle market
  • Product strategy definition for an innovative mine-resistant military patrol vehicle
  • Technology study and market entry strategy for a commercial vehicle driveline supplier entering the defence market
  • Development of a product strategy roadmap to advance a family of military ground vehicle technologies from the drawing board to the field