Posted on July 22, 2019
The RAF will work more closely with Sweden to come up with the aircraft of the future, according to the Minister for Defence Procurement.
Stuart Andrew made the announcement at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, where defence companies were given the opportunity to showcase the latest developments in air power.
He said: “We usher in an exciting new era in which the talents of two great combat air nations will be combined to lift Swedish and British air power into the stratosphere.”
It commits both governments to work on a joint combat air development and acquisition programme, including the development of new concepts to meet both nations’ future requirements.
The Defence Secretary said: “The UK and Sweden have an enduring defence relationship, with our two industries sharing a rich history of collaboration in air power.
“Not only do we share the same commitment to tolerance, freedom and free trade, we also share the same determination to defend those values, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and today as part of the UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force.
“This agreement further deepens this partnership and sees us look to the future with a bold and shared vision of UK and Swedish air power,” she added.