Facts & Figures 2019

The UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries make a significant and valuable contribution to economic prosperity and national security.

The 2019 ADS Industry Facts and Figures guide shows the extent to which companies in our sectors serve as the industrial backbone of the UK – delivering the well-paid jobs and high-tech exports we need to secure a prosperous future.

In 2019, the UK  aerospace, defence, security and space sectors’ contribution to the UK was:

 

 

As the national trade association for the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, ADS works to promote and support their interests both at home and abroad. Spanning the length and breadth of the UK, ADS has more than 1,000 member companies which includes over 950 SMEs.

Working in partnership with the government, our members are investing in innovation, skills and supply chains throughout the UK in order to generate country-wide growth, boost productivity and strengthen our competitive advantage in fast-growing global markets.

Government and industry investing in UK growth, ambition and opportunity.

  • Build on the successful partnership between the government and industry in driving an industrial strategy that attracts investment and supports growth
  • Promote supply chain competitiveness by focusing on productivity improvement, export support and developing world-class skills
  • Invest in long-term innovation to secure the economic benefits from new technology and meet the challenges of the future
  • Focus on public procurement which drives UK prosperity and  enhances our national security
  • Establish a close relationship with the EU that supports our integrated European industry and sustains the UK’s global competitiveness
The UK’s aerospace sector is world-leading, generating well-paid jobs, high-tech exports and sustainable growth across the country.

Sources: ONS,BEIS, ADS Industrial Trends Survey 2019

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The UK is the second largest defence exporter in the world, which helps deliver the equipment and services our armed forces and security services need to safeguard national security.

Sources: ONS, DIT, Oxford Economics, ADS Industrial Trends Survey 2019

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The UK’s security and resilience sector provides solutions to the challenges we all face today, from cyber security to products and services which address the threats of terrorism and all other aspects of national security.

Sources: ONS, DIT, Oxford Economics, ADS Industrial Trends Survey 2019

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The UK’s space sector is at the cutting edge of exploring the universe and connecting people to the world around them.

Sources: UK Space Agency, ADS Industrial Trends Survey 2019

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