Britain and France have extended cooperation on drone technology to an unmanned replacement for fighter aircraft, Peter Luff, the U.K. defense-procurement minister, said today at a military exposition in London.
The U.K. government plans to renegotiate 42-year-old rules governing contracts with defense suppliers including BAE Systems Plc and Rolls-Royce Group Plc to save millions of pounds to help cut a record budget deficit.
Any political bounce for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as they head the international drive against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may ebb the longer the military campaign lasts.
U.K. lawmakers called on Business Secretary Peter Mandelson to explain his reasons for wanting to partly privatize Royal Mail Group Plc, saying they’re not convinced of the need to approve legislation allowing the sale.
Finmeccanica SpA ’s Selex Galileo unit, which makes defense electronics including military radios, will eliminate about 150 manufacturing, engineering and support jobs at sites in the U.K. as military budgets shrink.
The U.K. government will announce today a review, led by the Ministry of Defence, of its relationship with monopoly suppliers of items, such as nuclear submarines, that can generally be bought only from a single source, the London-based Times reported, citing Peter Luff, the Defence Procurement Minister.