Official 2018 defence and security export statistics published today show defence export orders rising to £14bn last year.

The figures show the UK remains the second largest defence exporter based on a 10-year average of orders.

Security exports stood at £5.2bn in 2018, with cyber security exports the largest component at £2.1bn in value, up from £1.8bn the previous year.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“The UK’s defence and security industry is a world leader, trusted to deliver innovative and advanced equipment to the UK Armed Forces and our international partners.

“Rising defence export orders to £14bn in 2018 shows the demand for UK defence equipment, support and services around the world.

“The success of our defence industry makes an important contribution to our national prosperity, delivering 135,000 jobs in the UK in this high value sector.”

The UK defence and security export statistics for 2018 are published here.