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UK and France target 2030 for future cruise missile, seek commonality on future fighter weapons

15th March 2023 - 12:15 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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MBDA is working on subsonic and supersonic options for the FCAS/W missile programme. (Photo: MBDA)

The UK and France aim to deliver a new cruise missile in 2030 as part of the MBDA-led Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) project.

The two countries made the announcement in a joint leaders’ declaration following a visit to Paris by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed several defence issues, and the two countries also agreed to work together towards future air European air defence capabilities.

Paris and London also agreed to work together to ensure the interoperability of communications and armaments for their respective future fighter jets.

The joint declaration reads: ‘In the field of armament cooperation, France and the United Kingdom will advance key projects to develop their future complex weapons systems.

‘They commit

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Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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