Record-breaking exports of French defence industry

By Defence Industry Europe

The newspaper La Tribune reported that in 2022, France achieved a record value of arms export orders, reaching EUR 26.97 billion. The largest portion of these orders came from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a value of EUR 16.9 billion. The UAE placed orders for 80 Rafale F4 combat aircraft and their armaments. The agreement was signed in December 2022 but came into effect in 2022.

Other countries also purchased Rafale aircraft. Indonesia and Greece ordered six aircraft each in 2022. Indonesia became the third-largest purchaser of French arms in 2022, with the total value of these orders reaching nearly EUR 1.1 billion.



Greece ranked second among customers of French military equipment in 2022. Apart from the Rafale aircraft, Greece ordered three FDI-class frigates with logistical support and armaments from Naval Group. The total value of Greek orders reached EUR 3.9 billion.

Poland secured the fourth position among customers of French defence industry. The Polish Ministry of National Defence ordered two optical reconnaissance satellites produced by Airbus. The total value of Polish military orders in France in 2022 amounted to EUR 668.6 million.

Singapore claimed the fifth position among importers of French military equipment, placing orders worth 549 million euros.



Thanks to the Rafale contracts, the aviation segment accounted for 65% of all new arms export orders in the French defence industry in 2022. The missile weapons sector ranked second with orders amounting to approximately 14%.

In 2022, countries from the Middle East and Central Asia accounted for 64% of the overall French arms sales, with Europe following at 23%. The Asian region, including Southeast Asia, accounted for 8% of the orders (equating to EUR 1.6 billion).



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