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COVID-19: UK industry focus - Where next for defence?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the defence sector has been prominent in the UK’s response and ongoing recovery. From helping to build hospitals in a matter of weeks, to delivering oxygen to those most in need and pivoting to produce medical equipment, the sector has played an incredibly important role and showed its ability to adapt quickly. 

In the background, however, defence suppliers are wrestling with the direct impact of the crisis. Where some sectors face a debilitating dual shock to demand and supply, the picture for the defence industry is more nuanced. 

Our experts consider how the UK defence sector could use this period to accelerate the adoption of new technologies to overhaul their operations by taking several short- and long-term measures. 

“As well as highlighting their key role in national security, defence firms must make the case for the sector’s central role in kick starting the UK’s recovery.”

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This insight is brought to you using the capability of Strategy&, PwC’s global strategy house, alongside our PwC industry experts. Together, we transform organisations by developing actionable strategies that deliver results. 

We are uniquely placed to combine strategy with technical, industry and execution expertise. We embed our strategy capabilities with expert teams across our PwC network, to show you where you need to go, the choices you’ll need to make to get there, and how to get it right. 

The result is an authentic strategy process powerful enough to capture possibility, while pragmatic enough to ensure effective delivery. It’s the strategy that turns vision into reality. It’s strategy, made real.


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Diane Shaw

Diane Shaw

EMEA Aerospace, Defence and Security Consulting Leader, Strategy& UK

Harry Malins

Harry Malins

Director Strategy Consulting, Industrials, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7483 440950

Tony Raper

Tony Raper

Senior Defence Advisor, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 078 4333 0278

Darren Jukes

Darren Jukes

Leader of Industry for Industrial Manufacturing and Services, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7966 297427

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