Britain’s top military procurement official visited Washington this week with a clear message: the United Kingdom is open for business.
In a speech here Tuesday, Philip Dunne, the UK’s minister of state for defence procurement, emphasized the industrial supply chain that British industry can provide to defense manufacturers around the world.
Dunne talked up the local defense industries in the UK, emphasizing that even if British companies are not producing systems as a prime they still have a key role to play.
“What we are keen to do is to encourage prime contractors who are domiciled outside the UK to look at the UK defense supply chain as a place to do business,” Dunne told reporters after his speech. He held up Lockheed Martin as a good example, noting the world’s largest defense contractor employs around 3,000 people in the UK and is using technology developed in the UK on the F-35 joint strike fighter.
“There is a very healthy relationship between the UK defense supply chain and US primes,” he added. “We have been actively encouraging US and other non-UK domicile primes to come into the UK to explore our supply chain.”