Highly innovative and centred on high-end engineering and technologies, its cutting-edge research has created important knock-on effects in other sectors such as electronics, space, and civil aviation. It is a key sector for Europe’s ongoing development as a world leader in manufacturing and innovation. The sector directly employs about 500,000 people and Generates up to 1,200,000 indirect jobs The defence sector involves more than 2,500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are critically important to the supply chain.