Data provided by UK companies to UK DSE is the source for UK defence export information. Open source reporting is the basis for rest of the world data.
Annual defence statistics include:
UK defence exports by sales based on new orders
estimated data for global defence imports and exports based on new orders or contracts signed
Security export data is supplied to UK DSE under contract. It’s based on sales of security equipment and services. Frost & Sullivan compiled the data for 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Other companies who provided the data were Westlands Advisory (2018) and KMatrix for 2013 to 2015 reports.
The statistics for 2022 are provided in two separate releases, with one covering defence exports only (published November 2023) and the other covering security exports only (published December 2023). This change is to allow more security export data to be collected, improving the quality of that release.