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Franco-British missile cooperation

Published on June 24, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Defence and Veterans

Paris, June 21, 2011

At the MBDA stand at the Paris Air Show on 21 June 2011, Peter Luff, the British Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, and Laurent Collet-Billon, Délégué général pour l’armement, reaffirmed the strategic importance of Franco-British cooperation in the field of missiles.

In line with the decisions of the last Franco-British summit of 2 November 2010, the Direction général de l’armement (DGA) and DE&S [Defence Equipment and Support] are working on establishing a more coherent missiles sector led by a single European industrial project manager, which should lead to significant gains (up to 30%) for the states.

Prior to the presentation, Laurent Collet-Billon and Peter Luff discussed their initial views about the optimization of our industrial fabric, planned for the beginning of July. At the same time, the two countries are working on harmonizing their working methods, with a view to ever more integrated governance.

The DGA and DE&S also plan to launch a series of projects to consolidate this initiative: starting to develop the Future Air-to-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/Anti Navire Léger (FASGW(H)/ANL), assessing improvements in the SCALP/Storm Shadow cruise missiles, and a common road map for short-range air defence technologies./.

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