first_imgTuesday 2 November 2010 9:46 pm Anglo-French tie-up cheers defence firms whatsapp DEFENCE contractors yesterday gave a cautious thumbs up to plans for greater military cooperation between Britain and France, which could help soften the blow of swingeing cuts to government spending on big projects. Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday signed two treaties, paving the way for an unprecedented degree of collaboration in a number of defence areas, including aircraft carriers, submarines, nuclear technology and a joint ground force. BAE Systems, Britain’s largest defence contractor, welcomed the decision to cooperate on unmanned air systems or “drones”, which have become commonly used in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. A source close to BAE said that France and Britain should pool their resources to invest in a new generation of European unmanned aircraft, instead of buying off the-peg systems from the US.Pursuing the latter option would lead to a skills shortage in Europe and the UK, the source said, adding: “You need a steady trickle of work to maintain those skills for the future.”Rolls Royce was more equivocal, believing that it is too early to tell whether the agreement will have any impact on defence spending. “The real answer is the devil is in the detail, the feeling is it’s hard to say either way,” said one source.Tina Cook, defence analyst at Charles Stanley, said the Anglo-French deal would likely mean fewer project cancellations. whatsapp KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Feds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULLlast_img

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