Liam Fox – our International Trade Secretary, says it’s a cause for celebration that Britain exports weapons around the world. Michael Fallon, our Defence Secretary agrees. As the defence budget soars to £37 billion watch him revel in the industry at the biggest arms fair in the world “And what better place to bring the message home than DSEI, where the kit is the star of the show and where the globe’s investors gather in one place.”
Fallon said: “And as we look to life post Brexit and seek to spread our wings across the world, it’s high time we do more to compete for a share of this international export market. We’ve already got an enviable reputation in advanced manufacturing, we’re leaders in intelligent systems, we already build wings for half the world.
And the UK continues to perform strongly in the international market, securing defence orders of £5.9bn in 2016, retaining its position as the second largest defence exporter globally over the last ten years
But now it’s time to build exportability into our thinking from the off, aligning it with the requirements of international clients, allowing for the open architecture that can plug and play with different bits of capability.”
Surrounded by Raytheons Paveway IV, Dragonfire and a host of wonderfully named kit he was in his element.
“Robots will never replace humans. It takes a soldier to search a house, calm a villager, win hearts and minds in a war zone. But we’re letting the machines take the load so people can get on with hard work of saving lives.”
Bristling with arms and focusing on high tech and big data he is high on the combination of money, power and weaponry: “Science fiction has become science fact” he declares – read this extraordinary speech here.
But what exactly are the the requirements of international clients?
Are British-made bombs killing children in Yemen?
Britain has defended the arms deal as “rational and lawful” – but accusations remain. pic.twitter.com/HBv1XT5GGi
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 13, 2017
— ITV News (@itvnews) September 13, 2017
The message was clear: the UK is significantly stepping up military industry and arms exports.
It looks like after the idea of selling Jam didn’t work out so well, this is Plan B.
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