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About Us

Pardus Defence & Security Ltd was founded in 2016 by Rob O’Connor to provide specialist consultancy services to global industry customers wishing to do business with the UK military and emergency services. 

From his experience as the Commanding Officer of the British Army’s Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU) Rob recognised that companies need advice and assistance in their dealings with the UK MoD. With a wealth of experience and a network of connections, Pardus Defence & Security is able to help companies understand the context of the MoD’s requirements but also to demonstrate innovative products to the MoD and help shape the MoD’s future thinking.

Our ethos is based on the following precepts:

Professional Knowledge

Built upon years of military experience on operations around the world. We maintain our currency with involvement in military experimentation and constant engagement with end users.


We conduct a thorough capability analysis to understand the end user's requirement and help tailor our client's solution to meet that requirement.


We provide honest, evidenced based advice to our clients in order to make balance of investment decisions.

Military Expertise

Pardus Defence & Security Ltd was founded by Rob O’Connor. 

Rob served as an infantry officer in the British Army for 26 years in light, mechanised and armoured units as well as staff appointments in Brigade and Divisional Headquarters. He has over six years of operational experience from conflicts around the world. 

Rob is a former instructor at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and chief instructor of the Infantry Wing at the Reconnaissance and Armoured Tactics Division. 

Experience in Defence Acquisition

Rob has held a variety of defence acquisition appointments including the Ministry of Defence Head Office, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and, prior to his retirement from the Army he commanded the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU).

As the desk officer in the Directorate of Equipment Capability – Ground Manoeuvre, he led the team which brought Javelin into service with the British Army.

Rob led the Niteworks research into the noise induced hearing loss associated to the 60mm and 81mm mortars.

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Defence Conference Insights

Rob is a regular contributor on the defence conference circuit and has spoken at or chaired elements of the Future Soldier Technology Conference, the Mortar Conference, the Close Combat Symposium and Defence Vehicle Dynamics.

Bespoke Teams

Pardus Defence & Security Ltd collaborates with a wide network of former military personnel. We can create bespoke teams with suitably qualified and experienced personnel to assist with business development, trials, experimentation and product development.

Security Team

Our security team look forward to collaborating with you.

Pardus Defence & Security are a consulting service whose aim is to deliver business development and sales advice. 

We are a registered company: Pardus Defence & Security Limited Company Registration No: 10219431 (England & Wales). VAT Registration Number: 249 5136 88.

We can be contacted at:

Pardus Defence & Security, c/o Club Chambers, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DN.


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Rob O’Connor

(+44) 7850 971558