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Two crucial areas continue to dominate UK defence exports

30th July 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in London

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Despite political shifts in UK defence, including a series of defence ministers in recent years and differing defence industrial priorities, one constant is the UK’s reliance on the Middle East and the aerospace sector for its defence export success.

As Ben Wallace begins his tenure as the new defence secretary, the Department for International Trade released its ‘UK Defence & Security Export Statistics for 2018’ report, which largely put a positive spin on the country's defence export status.

Released on 30 July, the r­­­eport ranks the UK as remaining the second largest global defence exporter after the US, over a

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