The UK and France are committed to delivering effective military capabilities underpinned by cutting-edge technology, developed by strong and capable defence industries.
This relationship is essential to how we will operate in the future, by ensuring we can deal with the global defence and security challenges we and our allies may face.
France’s Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian said:
The arrangement related to the future combat air system is a historical opportunity for France and the United Kingdom to shape and sustain in the long-term a strong innovative and sovereign combat aircraft industry.
With continuation of development of cruise missile SCALP / Storm Shadow, after signature of the FASGW(H)/ANL contract previously this year, the 2 nations demonstrated their commitment to sustain the cross-frontier complex weapons industry through interdependence for missile sub-systems and secure significant efficiencies on future programmes.