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.
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)||Country||Value (million of euro)|
|2 (no auth in 2018)||Turkmenistan||446,1|
|3 (-6)||United Kingdom||419,1|
|4 (-2)||United States||306,1|
|9 (-2)||South Korea||165,5|
|11 (-16)||Saudi Arabia||105,4|
|12 (+8)||United Arab Emirates||89,9|
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;
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