Combat Aircraft Design

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 12:00 am, 11th June 2018

What discussions he has had with the UK aerospace sector on collaborations for future combat aircraft design.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is working closely with other Government Departments, the UK aerospace sector, academia and international partners to explore the UK’s future approach to combat air capabilities. We intend to publish the initial findings this summer.

Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

We have a world-leading aerospace sector, but we cannot deliver the combat air strategy on our own. Does the Minister expect most of our future collaboration to be with Europe or the United States?

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I think it is fair to say that we are undertaking a combat air strategy because the UK is a global leader in the field. UK industry’s export capabilities in combat air are well known, with £6 billion of exports last year, so we are approaching partnerships across the globe. The Department has written to partners in the US, across Europe and further afield.