Facts & Figures 2022

The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries make a significant and valuable contribution to economic prosperity and national security.

The 2022 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 2021, 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 1,100+ member companies which includes over 1,000 SMEs.

Supporting 1,000,000 jobs across the country, our sectors offer opportunities vital to the UK’s future as a high-tech, high-skill, high-wage economy and the ambitions of a Global Britain.

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

  • SUSTAINABILITY: Our industries are investing billions to cut carbon emissions, deliver the net zero future of aviation, and realise our national sustainability ambitions.
  • SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT: With over 400,000 people working in the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries, we provide skilled, high value jobs in all parts of the country, creating secure and prosperous communities.
  • GLOBAL BRITAIN: Our sectors are partners of the UK’s Armed Forces and security services, keeping our country safe and working with our international partners to contribute to a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world.

The UK’s aerospace sector is developing world-leading aircraft technology, generating highly skilled employment and prosperity in every part of the country.

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

The UK’s security and resilience sector provides solutions to major national challenges, covering all aspects of national security from cyber threats to counter terrorism.

The UK space sector is a world leader in the production of small satellites with wide applications to help monitor the world around us. Space launch from the UK is fast becoming a reality with plans on track for a first rocket launch in summer 2022.

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