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UK Defence and Security Export Statistics 2020

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Statistics for UK defence and security exports for 2020 have this morning been published by UK Defence and Security Exports (UK DSE).

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Summary: On a rolling 10-year basis, the UK remains the second largest global defence exporter after the USA. In 2020, the UK won defence orders worth £7.9 billion, compared to the previous year (£11 billion) and illustrative of the volatile nature of the global export market for defence.

The UK share of the global defence export market was estimated at 6% in 2020. (This was largely due to $62 billion USA F-16 export contract offsetting competitor shares.) The UK’s largest defence export markets were Europe, North America and the Middle East.

In 2020, the value of UK security export sales was £7.95 billion, an increase from 2019 (£7.2 billion), with the UK third place in the rankings. The UK’s largest security export markets were Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

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