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Latest UK report reveals fall in export deals

3rd November 2021 - 15:16 GMT | by Noemi Distefano in Manchester


The UK goverment has released defence and security export statistics for 2020. (Photo: Alamy)

It seems that the UK has maintained its presence in the top 10 global defence exporters worldwide — but it remains to be seen whether this will continue after COVID-19 and post-Brexit.

The UK government on 26 October published statistics that paint a broad picture of defence equipment exports in 2020 and the last decade, highlighting how the UK positions itself in the global landscape alongside its EU and non-EU competitors.

A report from UK Defence and Security Exports (DSE), based on data released by manufacturers and government agencies — highlighted almost £8 billion ($10.9 billion) worth of export contracts in 2020 — a 28.1% year-on-year decrease compared with the £11 billion recorded for 2019.

The economic impact of COVID-19 may have been one reason: the report mentioned that total exports to

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Noemi Distefano


Noemi Distefano

Noemi Distefano is Shephard Media's multimedia journalist. 

She joined the company in 2019, following a …

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