Anne-Marie Trevelyan has outlined the next steps of British and Swedish collaboration on developing a new combat jet.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham asked via a Parliamentary written question:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans she has to collaborate with Sweden on combat air systems as a result of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on that matter with that country on 18 July 2019.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Defence Procurement answered:
“The Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments allows for additional activities, including contracts, to be taken forward.
The next steps include development of a joint acquisition road map, identifying technologies to spiral from Gripen and Typhoon onto an future combat air system, research and technology co-operation and further Government and industry studies, particularly on cost modelling.
These steps will inform both Governments’ decision-making process. For the UK, the next decision to be made is in quarter four of financial year 2020-21, following submission of the Outline Business Case.”
Earlier in the year we reported that the uK and Sweden signed a Memorandum of Understanding that 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.