The official report comes amid mounting controversy over Britain’s arms sales to Saudi-led forces in Yemen [AP]

The United Kingdom has reported securing record defence orders in 2018, making it the “best year ever” for British arms exports.

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), in a report published on Tuesday, said the country won defence orders worth 14 billion pounds ($17bn) in 2018, up from nine billion pounds ($11bn) in 2017 and the highest since 1983. 

The report attributed the rise to the sale of Typhoon jets to Qatar and F-35-related components to the United States. The deal to sell 24 Typhoons to Qatar, finalised in September, was worth five billion pounds ($6bn). 

The record orders in 2018 made the UK the largest arms exporter in

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