“This agreement further deepens this partnership and sees us look to the future with a bold and shared vision of UK and Swedish air power.”. Discussions between industries and governments had been ongoing since the publication of the UK’s Combat Air Strategy in July 2018, with common ground identified based on similar future Combat Air requirements, including being optimised for air defence. © Rolls-Royce plc 2020. Help us deliver better power for our changing world. The Tempest concept unveiled at Farnborough Air Show in July 2018 provided insight into the technologies that the UK believes are relevant to a next generation combat air system, with both governments agreeing that further concepts must be developed jointly to meet partners’ requirements. At the MOU signing with her Swedish counterpart yesterday, the Defence Secretary said: “The UK and Sweden have an enduring defence relationship, with our two industries sharing a rich history of collaboration in air power. UK industry was represented by BAE Systems, whilst Swedish industry was represented by Saab. All rights reserved. Login The JEF, made up of nine northern European allies Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, is more than a simple grouping of military capabilities. The Air Force Chiefs of both nations addressed the audience at the event, as well as industry. Swedish-made chaff and flare dispensers are used on UK Typhoons and Saab’s Giraffe radar is a key part of the UK’s Sky Sabre ground-based air defence system. Swedish-made chaff and flare dispensers are used on UK Typhoons and Saab’s Giraffe radar is a key part of the UK’s Sky Sabre ground-based air defence system. We use cookies to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. Keep up to date with the latest announcements, reports and publications from Rolls-Royce. These could provide additional capability and reduce the overall cost by off-boarding some sensors or weapons from the main aircraft. The Defence Minister outlined the UK and Sweden’s long partnership on defence, including: The Swedish Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist, confirmed both governments intend to remain at the forefront of combat air. Peter Hultqvist also highlighted the strong industrial base shared by both countries as central to securing future Combat Air power, as well as the existing Gripen fighter systems. We have a fundamental role in meeting the environmental and societal opportunities and challenges that the world faces. Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and her Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist have signed a landmark agreement to partner on future combat air.