Virtual reality emerges as key theme in defence deals in a year of slow deals growth

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Deals activity by geography

Defence, aerospace and security industry deals, as captured by GlobalData, are up year-on-year (YoY) across most regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded moderate YoY growth in deals volume at 8%, with growth slightly lower in Europe at 6%. Asia-Pacific and South and Central America have seen higher YoY growth, with the volume of deals increasing 26% and 25% respectively.

The Middle East and Africa region is lagging behind others with a 19% drop in deals volume YoY and recording only $9.9m in deals value. 

Deals activity by type

Deal TypeTotal deals valueTotal deal countYOY change (volume)
Asset transaction$74.3bn910314%
Debt offering$362.8bn616139%
Equity Offering$63.4bn611219%
Private equity$78.6bn547-86%
Venture financing$10.1bn502112%

A breakdown of deals by type and volume, as recorded by GlobalData, shows 5648% increase in mergers and a 71129% increase in partnerships year-on-year, while asset transactions are up 314% and acquisitions are down -86%. 

Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 112% YoY, equity offerings up 219% and debt offerings up 139%. Private equity, however, has seen a drop of -86% in the number of deals YoY. 

Deals activity by theme

GlobalData’s analysis of defence industry deals by theme shows that the volume of deals related to the internet of things (IoT), virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), and artificial intelligence (AI) has increased between 2019 and 2020. VR and AR has been the fastest growing theme in deals tracked by GlobalData, with the volume of deals more than tripling from 2019 to 2020.

In terms of deal value, as indicated in the table below, IoT-themed deals tracked by GlobalData have fallen sharply, from $101bn in 2019 to $43.7bn in 2020. The value of VR and AR-related deals, meanwhile, has increased significantly, from $1.3bn in 2019 to $34bn in 2020, while AI has also seen some growth with the value of deals going up from $1.48m to $10.7bn in the period.

Deals value by theme 20192020
Internet of things$101bn$43.7bn
VR and AR$1.3bn$34bn
Artificial intelligence$1.48m$10.7bn

Note: All numbers as of 10 November 2020. For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Aerospace, Defense & Security Intelligence Centre.

Latest deals in brief

BAE Systems and Meggitt sign deal for Typhoon radar equipment

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Kongsberg and Pratt & Whitney sign contract for F-35 engine maintenance facility

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BAE Systems and University of Birmingham partner for advanced sensing technologies

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Danish Defence and Fleet Complete partner to improve vehicle access

Danish Defence has partnered with global provider Fleet Complete to use its fleet management and carsharing solution. As part of this collaboration, 2,000 Danish Defence vehicles have been subscribed for the solution. The mobile reservation and carsharing app will improve access to vehicles for all defence staff members around the country. This will also allow assets to be used to conduct operations in a more economical and environmentally responsible manner.