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China’s defense industry is fastest growing in Asia




China’s defense industry is the fastest growing in Asia, according to analysis on the new Market Potential Index from Jane’s.

“Multiple factors are driving rapid industrial development across Asia,” said Paul Burton, research director at Jane’s. “In addition to economic growth and a desire for military self-sufficiency, a complex security environment characterized by North Korea’s ongoing nuclear program, and overlapping territorial claims in the East and South China Seas are leading to rapid growth in indigenous defense production throughout Asia.

“China's defense industry has made substantial progress over the past decade towards achieving the advanced capabilities targeted by Beijing,” Burton said. “Further industrial reforms are required for China to address remaining capability gaps and attain its goal of at least parity with the world's most advanced industrialized states. Beijing continues to transform its defense industrial base from one that imitates into one that innovates.”

Asia Pacific: Defense industrial capabilities league table

Jane’s newly launched Market Potential Index ranks the industrial proficiencies of almost 100 defense markets worldwide. Using a unique methodology, it assesses the technological sophistication and scale of defense industrial competencies in the land, sea, air and electronics domains to produce a global ranking.

“What the countries at the top of this list have in common is strong government-backed research and development investment, a long-term approach to the growth of their national defense industries, and an emphasis on the involvement of domestic companies in national defense equipment programs,” said Guy Anderson, associate director at Jane’s.

“Greater government-backed research and development investment in defense sectors has been a feature of the Asia Pacific as a whole, with regional investment having climbed 32 percent to $16.7 billion over the last five years,” Anderson said. “Over the next decade, we expect defense industrial self-reliance to increase in this part of the world, and for the defense industries of the Asia Pacific region to make a larger dent in world export markets.”

Jane’s Market Potential Index

The Jane's Market Potential Index assesses the status and appeal of 93 world defense markets based on factors that include defense investment, defense industrial capabilities, procurement procedures and protocols, trade mechanisms, embargo status and political, economic and security considerations. Each market is ranked against 36 ratings, with scores of 0 (low) to 5 (high) a positive or negative appeal.

National defense industrial capabilities are scored 0 (low) to 5 (high) on the basis of the existence of manufacturing, design and maintenance capabilities in land, sea, air and C4 domains and the sophistications of the capabilities present, based on the assessments of Jane’s analysts.

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Paul Burton is Director, Aerospace, Defense & Security, Jane’s by IHS Markit
Guy Anderson is Senior Principal Analyst, Aerospace, Defense & Security, Jane’s by IHS Markit
Posted 21 November 2017

About The Author

Director, Aerospace, Defense & Security

Mr. Paul Burton serves as Director of Aerospace, Defense & Security content for Jane’s. Mr. Burton is responsible for managing a team of global defense analysts at Jane’s by IHS Markit, formerly IHS. He specializes in defense industry offset and budget trends and provides business development support in Asia – briefing regional government agencies and defense companies on key strategic trends and market developments. Mr. Burton regularly has provided commentary and analysis for global media outlets. Previously, he worked in research and management roles at BAE Systems, Jane’s Information Group and the United Kingdom Parliament, where he gained more than 15 years of defense and security sector experience. Mr. Burton has supported government defense procurement agencies, including policy formulation around defense offsets, creation of leaner procurement frameworks and market scoping analysis. He has also led projects for economic ministries that helped to craft a viable export strategy for elements of their national defense base and conducted numerous market entry studies for defense primes looking to expand their regional footprints.

Mr. Burton’s university degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Politics from the University of Portsmouth, England, and a Master of Arts in US Studies from the School of the Americas, University of London, UK, where he focused on foreign policy.