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The Finnish defence, aerospace and security industry is represented by AFDA, the Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries. AFDA covers almost all the defence related industries in Finland with ca. 120 member companies. AFDA has close relations with the Finnish Ministry of Defence and Defence Forces. AFDA is the focal point to defence industries in Finland.

In Finland, a viable and competitive domestic defence industry is seen as a fundamental element of credible national defence. Maintaining and developing domestic integration and maintenance capacities, systems capability know-how and crisis repair expertise is considered essential for national defence. A major part of army and air force maintenance has been outsourced to domestic companies, which act as close partners to the Defence Forces.

With a few exceptions, most Finnish defence, aerospace and security companies are privately owned SMEs. Cumulative turnover in 2017 was approximately 1,5 billion Euros out of which ca. 40-60 % was exports. The volume varies annually. Direct employment in 2017 was ca. 7100. The defence market in clearly the most important one, since it accounted for ca 55-60 % of the turnover of the AFDA membership.

International markets and competitions are vital for Finnish companies. Products produced by AFDA member companies are well known all over the world and used by over 30 national armed forces. Assisting member companies in their export activities and networking are amongst AFDA’s priorities.

AFDA is a member in ASD, Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe. AFDA represents the Finnish defence industry in NIAG (NATO Industrial Advisory Group), in EDA and in Nordic Cooperation. AFDA is a part of The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.

AFDA Facts & Figures 2019

AFDA Members by Sectors