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Military research spending falls

European spending on military R&D dropped to €4.8 billion in 2012, not much more than half what was spent in 2006, according to figures from the European Defence Agency.

The data, published on 10 December, was taken from the 26 member states that participated in the EDA in 2012. It shows that R&D spending dropped to just 2.5 per cent of total expenditure in 2012, compared with 4 per cent, or €7.8bn, in 2011. This represents a 38 per cent drop and is the sharpest decline since the EDA started compiling data in 2006, the organisation said.

Despite a 3.5 per cent increase in spending on research and technology—a subset of R&D—between 2010 and 2011, R&T spending dropped down from €2.15bn to €1.93bn in 2012, the lowest level since 2006. 

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