Italian defense export in 2019, decrease continues


The italian export in defense sector continues to decrease and is almost a third from 2016.

The most valuable contract in 2019 was signed with Egypt, 871 million of euro, for the delivery of 32 helicopters (24 AW149 and 8 AW189).

In 2019 the overall value of authorizations of armament was valued 5,174 billion of euro, showing a decrease of 1,38% compared to 2018 and is almost the half from 2017.

The number of countries receiving export licenses is 2019 was 84.

Export

Source: Report (look at the bottom of the article)

The 37,3% of the total value of authorizations was directed to UE/NATO countries and the remaining 62,7% towards no UE/NATO states.

The top five exporting companies were Leonardo S.p.A (58,06%), Elettronica S.p.A (5,51%), Calzoni R.r.L (4,35%), Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A (4,22%) and IVECO Defense Vehicle S.p.A (4,14%).

Ranking – Export

Position (var from 2018)CountryValue (million of euro)
1 (-9)Egypt871,7
2 (no auth in 2018)Turkmenistan446,1
3 (-6)United Kingdom419,1
4 (-2)United States306,1
5 (-2)France274,2
6 (-8)Australia238,2
7 (+2)Germany213,6
8 (-43)Algeria172,7
9 (-2)South Korea165,5
10 (-20)Brazil146,1
11 (-16)Saudi Arabia105,4
12 (+8)United Arab Emirates89,9
13 (+5)Spain65,1
14 (+11)Turkey63,7
15 (-55)Malta50,8
16 (-15)Thailandia43,4

Quick Facts 2019

  • The export decreased by 1,28% and is almost a third from 2016;
  • The first exporting company was Leonardo S.p.A
  • Turkmenistan, second in the ranking, had not received any authorization in 2018;
  • United Kingdom is the first NATO country by export;
  • The biggest contract for the Italian defense sector was signed by Leonardo S.p.A with Egypt;

Imports

Italy imported* a total of 215 million of euro of which: 68,19% from the United States of America, 14,05% from Israel and 8,67% from Swiss.

*MAECI- UAMA only considers imports from non UE or EEA (European Economy Area) countries.

Source/Report: RELAZIONE SULLE OPERAZIONI AUTORIZZATE E SVOLTE PER IL CONTROLLO DELL’ESPORTAZIONE, IMPORTAZIONE E TRANSITO DEI MATERIALI DI ARMAMENTO (Doc. LXVII n. 3) – Presentata dal Sottosegretario di Stato alla Presidenza del Consiglio dei ministri
(FRACCARO) – Comunicata alla Presidenza il 7 maggio 2020 – Senato della Repubblica

Photo: Esercito Italiano


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