Commenting on the SDSR announced today, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“This is a welcome boost for UK defence and redresses some of the capability failings which were ushered in under the 2010 Review. The UK’s defence industry is a vital high-value, highly-skilled sector which makes a big contribution to the national economy. This review opens up further opportunity and UK-based companies, particularly SMEs renowned for their innovation, agility and skills, should be encouraged to contribute and deliver the value for money supply chain solutions for which they have an established reputation. Winning high value defence orders are critical in spurring on innovation and the ever-evolving technological solutions which help maintain our competitive advantage.
“The defence industry cannot operate on a ‘stop-start’ basis and at last this Review gives industry a firm basis on which to plan for the future. This is not only important for prime contractors but also for the many thousands of SMEs on which they and the MoD depend in order to manufacture and support the equipment our armed forces need.
“I welcome the increase in defence spending and the commitment to an annual increase in budget throughout the life of this Parliament. I strongly hope that Ministers will now encourage manufacturers in the UK to build up their defence capability in support of the Government’s policy approach.”