National Defence Industrial Strategy of the Danish Government

The new Defence Industrial Strategy was launched in the summer of 2021. The strategy was written collaboratively by the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

  • Updated 2. November 2023

The Government’s National Defence Industrial Strategy sets the framework conditions for the Danish defence industry to be able to support the Danish Armed Forces in the best possible way. 

The Danish defence industry is essential for Denmark’s national security and for our joint efforts with allies and partners. The defence industry is instrumental in ensuring that the Danish Armed Forces have the right tools for responding to threats against Denmark and a close co-operation with the defence industry is essential for the Danish Armed Forces to have access to material of the highest quality.

The strategy focuses on a range of new technology areas that are becoming increasingly important. This includes space, energy optimisation, artificial intelligence and cyber. Furthermore, the strategy focuses on how to integrate the defence industry into the wider existing business promotion and innovation ecosystems to increase co-operation with the civilian industry and to facilitate the creation of new high-tech, sustainable and innovative products.

Simultaneously, the strategy provides the basis for conducting measures to ensure a defence industrial capacity in Denmark to protect Denmark’s essential security interests when the Danish Armed Forces procure defence material or defence services (e.g., industrial co-operation). Industrial co-operation is a central tool for ensuring the Danish security of supply, as well as Danish companies’ access to the international defence market.