Defence Industry and Technology

The base for a more capable Europe

Authored by: Jan Joel Andersson

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF EUROPEAN SECURITY

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415588287
eBook ISBN: 9780203098417
Adobe ISBN: 9781136226953

10.4324/9780203098417.ch9

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Abstract

The European defence industry and technological base makes a major contribution to the security and defence of Europe. Some of the world’s most advanced weaponry and defence technologies are of European origin and give Europe a cutting edge in conflict and war. Areas of European specialty are, for example, radar systems, missiles, conventional submarines, helicopters and armoured vehicles as well as a strong emerging ‘homeland security’ industry. The ability to develop and produce advanced weaponry and associated technologies not only ensures a degree of political independence but also provides Europe with an important tool for politico-military influence around the world. With some 700,000 people employed and a contribution of around 2 per cent of EU GDP, the economic importance of the security and defence industry to European employment and exports should not be underestimated, either.

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