Defense and security export figures for 2020: glossary


This list explains the terms used in defense and security export figures for 2020.


This covers:

  • aircraft (including navy aircraft)
  • aircraft-related equipment such as aircraft simulators and air-launched weapons


Also known as the Future Lynx / Lynx Wildcat, it is a surveillance and maritime attack helicopter built by Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland).


Agreement between 2 or more parties to perform a service or provide a product.

Cyber ​​security

Protection of network information systems.

Department of International Trade

Department of the British government responsible for ensuring the prosperity of the United Kingdom and the world by promoting and financing international trade and investment and by defending free trade.

Eurofighter Typhoon

Advanced multipurpose fighter aircraft.

Joint Export Control Unit (ECJU)

The ECJU administers the UK export control and licensing system for military and dual-use items.

F 16

Single-engine multirole fighter aircraft.


Single-seat, single-engine, all-weather multirole stealth fighter aircraft built by Lockheed Martin.

Foreign Military Sales (FMS)

The US Department of Defense FMS program facilitates the sale of US weapons, defense equipment, defense services, and military training to foreign governments.


European multipurpose frigate.


Multi-role early warning and airborne control (AEW & C) platform from Swedish defense and security company Saab.

GOV.UK A UK public sector information website created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to Her Majesty’s government services. strengthen bilateral relations and provide a framework for future export success Hawk Aircraft HMG Her Majesty’s Government Land single-engine advanced trainer aircraft Land platforms (e.g. tanks, armored vehicles), equipment and ground weapons Meko A-200 Frigate Combat Vessel designed by German shipbuilding company Blohm and Voss MH-60R Twin Turbine Engine, Multi-Mission Helicopter Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) A highly versatile vessel, designed to perform economic exclusion zone management functions, including including the provision of maritime security to coastal areas and effective disaster relief. Orders Products / services requested by customers that appear in a company’s order book P-8A maritime patrol aircraft developed and produced by Boeing

Platform A vehicle (such as a satellite or an aircraft) used for a particular purpose or to transport a generally specified type of equipment Sale The actual exchange of money between the customer and the exporter Shipping vessels, submarines, ship-launched weapons, shipyards Trent 700 engine High-flow turbofan aircraft engine manufactured by Rolls-Royce UK Defense & Security Exports (UK DSE) UK Defense & Security Exports, within the Department of Commerce International (DIT), helps the UK defense and security industry export success Yak-130 Subsonic two-seater advanced trainer and light fighter aircraft


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