Ukrainian Military Defence

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons at on 15 May 2023.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

My hon. Friend will be glad to know that the second spending round was launched last month. It is seeking expressions of interest in a phased approach, beginning with the needs for air defence, long-range strike and mobility support, and it is open to huge numbers of SMEs to apply for funding. Submissions are being assessed right now and more requirements will be launched in the coming weeks. Successful companies will be chosen by the UK, alongside our IFU partners, and contracting will begin as soon as possible.