UK pressed on sixth-generation fighter

01 December 2017

BAE Systems has pressed the UK government to give an indication that it wants the country’s aerospace industry to be involved in the development of a sixth-generation combat aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Two senior company executives told the UK parliament’s defence committee on 28 November that the government’s reluctance to make any statement of intent on what they called the “post-Typhoon era” was causing long-term uncertainty over the future of its combat aircraft business.

Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems’ UK Military Air and Information business unit, and Bob Keen, the company’s head of government relations, were giving evidence on the October announcement of 1,900 job losses across its UK aerospace, maritime, and cyber businesses.

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