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07 Sep 21. Major London arms fair proceeds amid COVID fears, Afghanistan shock. London’s Excel Center found itself converted into a huge emergency hospital when the coronavirus pandemic struck last year. Thankfully, it wasn’t required. Now the halls, having reverted to an exhibition venue, prepare to host the DSEI 2021 show against a backdrop of new emergencies and challenges for the defense sector.
The four-day exhibition and conference, along with an associated virtual show called DSEI Connect, opens Sept. 14 in the shadow of a strategic shock to NATO countries and others caused by the U.S. exit from and subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
How that plays out for foreign policy and defense cooperation in the Western alliance is too early to say, but the potential implications and lessons from the withdrawal are likely to generate plenty of discussions among industry executives and senior military officials attending the show in London’s dockland center.
Away from the international stage, there’s plenty to discuss at a more local level following the British government’s integrated defense and security review, published in March.
However, the show will likely be short on Defence Ministry proclamations. DSEI 2019 saw nearly 20 announcements emerge during the four days, but with the integrated review having sucked up some news only a few months ago, analysts are anticipating little more than a handful this time around.
Still, as attendees negotiate COVID-19 safety requirements at the show, they could see information emerge on programs treated in the review — for example, the planned procurement of a new ground-based air defense system, or the British Army’s ongoing travails over efforts to modernize its armored vehicle fleets.
Several of the Defence Ministry’s strategic developments are awaiting their unveiling: It was hoped a land strategy could be launched around the time of the show, but that now looks more likely to appear later in the fall.
There are better hopes for a long-awaited space defense strategy to finally emerge, but nothing is certain, according to analysts.
Overall, the show organizers have themed the exhibition to reflect the outcome of the wide-ranging integrated review now beginning to impact the structure and requirements of the British military.
“When people walk away from the show, they will definitely have got a vision of multidomain integration,” said retired Air Vice Marshal Gary Waterfall, the senior military adviser to DSEI. “The first keynote speech given by Gen. Sir Patrick Sanders, head of Strategic Command, will really set the tone.”
Waterfall said the growing importance of issues like data, artificial intelligence, space and energy sustainability will emerge from the show. “The chat will be very much focused on the integrated review implications, what it means and how everyone works better together,” he said.
John Louth, an independent defense analyst in Britain, said the U.S. administration’s actions and what they might mean for future military cooperation require a fresh look.
“If the British are being serious, then they have really got to open the integrated review and the industrial strategy again. Both are heavily predicated not just on U.S. technology and capability, but Washington being the principal partner we operate with,” he said. “Anybody who has half a brain has to think about hedging their bets on equipment collaboration. If you are in the U.K. government right now, you may want to start thinking more overtly about proper collaboration [with Europe].”
The rival future combat air programs led by Britain and France as well as the Eurotank project led by France and Germany could offer avenues for increased cooperation, the analyst said. Both topics are expected to feature prominently in discussions on the show floor and in officials’ speeches broadcast to live and virtual audiences.
The idea of reopening the integrated review was echoed by a retired senior British military commander as the exit from Afghanistan came to a close. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph on Aug. 25, the former deputy commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. James Bucknall, said Britain should revisit the introspection and reverse planned Army end strength cuts of 9,500 to just 72,500 troops.
“If the last few days in Afghanistan shows anything, it is that numbers count. Strategic patience is all — you must have the critical mass to sustain an operation. The defense review removes that capability,” he warned.
Former chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. David Richards, said the lesson to draw from Afghanistan was that Britain and its European NATO allies must spend more on defense, as they were “totally dependent” on the United States.
Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry is going “all in” on novel weapon systems, such as swarming drones, artificial intelligence systems, directed-energy weapons and hypersonic technology, said Dan Darling, a senior military markets analyst at U.S.-based analysis firm Forecast International.
There will also likely also be a focus at DSEI on unmanned and underwater defense capabilities in light of a joint U.K.-France effort on autonomous mining systems, and with Belgium and the Netherlands partnering on a new mine countermeasure ship that includes unmanned surface and underwater vessels, he noted. “This appears to be an area of growth for Europe,” Darling said. (Source: Defense News)
03 Sep 21. US Army Deputy Chief of Staff and CIA Chief Information Officer to speak at DSEI. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will for the first time host key industry and military speakers from the United States as well as government representatives. The biennial defence and security event will be held 14-17 September at ExCeL London with a new digital offering, DSEI Connect running alongside. American exhibitors will also be part of the largest international group this year, the USA Pavilion.
Emphasizing the importance of the United States in global defence and security, on Tuesday 14th September, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson, will deliver DSEI’s first international keynote address. At 1530 on Wednesday 15th , DSEI will also welcome Juliane J. Gallina, Chief Information Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who brings experience from leadership positions in the public and private sectors. There will be space for a limited number of media to attend both of these sessions.
Through DSEI Connect, the new DSEI digital platform, visitors will also hear from the US Department of Defense, Acting Head of Acquisition, Gregory Kausner.
Top US officials will also participate in a range of DSEI seminars. On Wednesday 15th September, Billy Smith, US Government Chief Information Officer will feature at the Cyber Hunting at Scale – Zero Boundaries and Zero Trust seminar. US Army Special Operations Command, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Dave Whitmire, will also talk about Post of the Future: Training and Technology Requirement on Thursday 16 September at 1600hrs.
Organised by Kallman Worldwide, the U.S. Pavilion is DSEI’s largest international group at nearly 3,000m2. Under the agreement signed in February 2021, Kallman will give North America customers local support and an enhanced experience when exhibiting as part of the U.S. Pavilions.
Key exhibitors Leidos as well as Polaris Government & Defense, which will debut the highly anticipated MRZR Alpha light tactical vehicle. To promote US products and services overseas the US Department of Commerce will also be part of the US Pavilion alongside other government organisations such from several States, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Washington Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
DSEI is committed to upholding the highest health and security standards based on the latest government guidelines, and in close cooperation with the London ExCeL venue. With recent rules relaxation in effect, fully vaccinated visitors from the United States are able to visit the United Kingdom and join the show onsite without having to quarantine. However, all travellers entering the UK must present proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival and have a Day 2 PCR Test booked.
07 Sep 21. Red Arrows To Open DSEI. It is expected – subject to weather conditions – that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will formally open Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) next week, with their signature nine aircraft flypast.
DSEI is a seminal event for global defence and security, held in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Department of International Trade.
Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Deputy Commander Operations, Royal Air Force said: “It is with great pleasure that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will mark the official opening of DSEI 2021. The exhibition is an important showcase for world-leading innovation and technology from British industry, that provides the RAF and UK Defence the continued ability to remain ahead of our competitors”.
With a week until DSEI opens, Event Director, Grant Burgham, said: “the industry is getting ready to come back together at DSEI and we look forward to welcoming our exhibitors, speakers, visitors, delegations, Government stakeholders, and the Armed Forces for a week of exclusive demonstrations and presentations. What better way to kick-off one of the UK’s first major international events in recent years than with a greeting from the Red Arrows”.
DSEI is held biennially at ExCeL London. This edition will host over 1000 companies at the live event and through its complementary digital platform, DSEI Connect.
More details about how DSEI visitors can view the flypast will follow in the coming days.
01 Sep 21. Contracts Awarded For UK Fleet Solid Support competition. Contracts have been awarded to four consortia, all of which include significant UK involvement, to develop their bids to build three new Fleet Solid Support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy.
The award of the Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contracts, each initially worth around £5m, means the Fleet Solid Support competition has successfully moved to the next stage.
The contracts, negotiated with industry by Defence Equipment and Support, the procurement organisation for the Ministry of Defence, deliver on the UK Government’s promise to progress the design and build of the FSS ships to support the Royal Navy’s Carrier Task Groups. The final manufacture contract will be awarded to a UK company acting either solely or as part of a consortium.
Welcoming the news with industry leaders at a CPP kick-off event, Defence Secretary and Shipbuilding Tsar Ben Wallace said, “I am proud to see UK companies stepping up to the challenge of the Fleet Solid Support competition as we begin the next chapter of this British shipbuilding success story. I wish all the competitors well as we work towards realising a programme which will deliver ships essential for the UK’s security as well as vital jobs and skills.”
The contracts will enable bidders to develop their design proposals and the next stage will seek details of how they would fulfil the wider delivery needs of the programme. Assessment of these proposals will lead to the selection of a preferred bidder and award of the manufacture contract.
The FSS competition remains on track to deliver the ships the Royal Fleet Auxiliary need to support the Royal Navy, whilst maximising the social value contribution shipbuilding can make in the UK, including encouraging investment in domestic shipyards, whilst balancing the need to deliver value for money.
The commitment to this vital capability was outlined in the Defence Command Paper published earlier this year and is supported by the £24bn uplift to the defence budget over the next four years. The FSS ships will increase the capability and development of the Carrier Strike Group to operate globally by replenishing its stores and ammunition.
The four consortia awarded CPP contracts are (in alphabetical order):
- Larsen & Toubro, which includes UK company Leidos Innovations.
- Serco /Damen, which includes UK company Serco.
- Team Resolute, which includes UK companies Harland & Wolff and BMT.
- Team UK, which includes UK companies Babcock and BAE Systems.
01 Sep 21. Top defense leaders kick off new phase for Europe’s next-gen fighter. Top defense leaders from France, Germany and Spain have formalized plans to begin the preliminary development phase for a lead plane under the Future Combat Air System program, committing their governments to spending billions of euros in the coming years.
The trilateral agreement, signed in Paris on Aug. 30, follows Germany’s parliamentary approval in June to invest nearly €4.5bn (U.S. $5.3bn) in the program through 2027. The other nations are expected to contribute similar amounts, though it’s unclear if France and Spain will finance separate, national industry programs — as planned by Berlin to the tune of €750 million — on FCAS-related technologies.
The program entails a new fighter aircraft, dubbed the Next-Generation Fighter, to be accompanied by a smattering of drones for reconnaissance and strike missions. A sophisticated network of data links, collectively known as a “combat cloud,” is meant to provide the glue between the flying program elements during operations, the idea goes.
The new agreement entails phases 1B and 2, covering research and development activities and the construction of an initial, flyable prototype.
German lawmakers have criticized the unusual sequence of events for the program, as they were asked before the summer break to clear the spending request without a chance to study an industry contract. Many of the program’s travails so far have played out between the major national players: Dassault for France, and Airbus for Germany.
The two companies previously disagreed on the degree of influence they would have in the program. Another sticking point has been the treatment of intellectual property rights, including the status of predeveloped components each company brings into the FCAS mix at the outset.
The German Defence Ministry suggested on Twitter on Aug. 31 that an accord was still not simply a formality. “Now it’s industry’s turn — come to an agreement,” the ministry tweeted.
German defense officials told lawmakers Aug. 30 that a deal among the companies would be forthcoming in September, with a chance for the Bundestag’s legislators to sign off once more.
French defense procurement office DGA is the government’s lead agency for all contractual matters. Officials there will eventually sign a final pact with Airbus, Dassault and Spain’s formal lead company, Indra, after all governments give the thumbs up.
The FCAS program comes with a huge amount of political ambition, as leaders in Berlin, Paris and Madrid have pinned much of the European Union’s newfound defense aspirations on its success. The high-level backing so far has managed to smooth over serious industry-level disagreements and cultural differences between Germany and France, in particular.
The French, who have long owned the industrial capacity to make jets on their own, have at times feared that German industry is out mostly to poach their know-how. The Germans, in turn, are suspicious that the French essentially could upgrade their Rafale fleet on Berlin’s dime. (Source: Defense News)
29 Aug 21. Sadiq Khan tells organisers of London arms fair to cancel event and not come back. Exclusive: Mayor says London is home to people who have fled weapons like those on sale at DSEI has told the organisers of an arms fair due to take place in London next month to “reconsider” their event and not come back to the city.
In letters seen by The Independent, the mayor said the fair’s presence in London was insulting to people who had escaped violence and made London their home, and that it threatened investment in the city’s Docklands, as well as costing too much to police.
He argued that the capital was “home to many people who have fled conflict and suffered as a consequence” of weapons “like those exhibited at DSEI”.
“For it to be used as a marketplace for those who wish to trade in weapons to some countries that contribute to human rights abuses goes completely against our values.”
DSEI, which stands for Defence and Security Equipment International, sees 1,600 exhibitors, selling weapons from sniper rifles and tanks to combat aircraft and warships, presenting to more than 30,000 attendees.
The arms fair extends invitations to governments and militaries around the world, including many that are involved in conflict or that openly abuse human rights.
Around two-thirds of countries classified as “not free” because of their human rights records received weapons licensed by the UK government over the past decade, according to research by Campaign Against Arms Trade – with DSEI representing a major marketing opportunity.
In his letters to the organisers the mayor cited the cost of policing the event, which in 2019 – in light of “significant opposition” to its presence – cost over £2.5m and involved 5,609 police officers.
“I strongly urge you to reconsider this year’s event and any plans you have to host future events in the city,” he said in a letter to Grant Burgham, the event’s director.
Mr Khan announced last year that he was relocating City Hall to the part of Docklands where, coincidentally, the event takes place, in order to save cash.
But in his letter he said that he was “becoming increasingly concerned” about the impact the arms fair might have on securing investment and change in the area.
In a letter responding to Mr Khan, Mr Burgham said: “The event serves only the interests of the legitimate defence and security industry, which is the most highly and tightly regulated in the world.
“Teams from HMRC, BEIS [the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy], DIT-ECJU [the part of the Department for International Trade that deals with export control] and the other government agencies responsible for enforcing the law at DSEI are on site during setup and throughout the exhibition.
“We will be welcoming ministers from the UK government, as well as MPs from across parliament, who will meet British companies and underscore the important role that the defence and security sector plays. International official defence delegations are also invited to attend by the Department for International Trade, providing delegates with the opportunity to see equipment, much of it British-made, up close.”
He said the organisers “respect the right to lawful protest”.
Kirsten Bayes, a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade, which campaigns against DSEI, said: “The mayor is absolutely right that this arms fair should not be taking place in September. He is also right to point out that so many people fleeing conflicts globally have made their home in east London, where the fair is due to take place: it will have a huge impact practically and emotionally on local people.
“Our view is that holding arms fairs anywhere is wrong: the industry makes its profits through creating death and disaster around the world. Local communities have stood up against these fairs wherever they have been held across the country, whether that is Liverpool or Glasgow, Bristol or Birmingham. Our country needs to say no to the trade in dreadful weapons, stand up for peace and human rights, and put an end to these arms fairs.”
The mayor’s written intervention goes beyond his previous criticism, in which he made his opposition in principle clear. As mayor he has little power to prevent the event from taking place. (Source: glstrade.com/The Independent)
05 Sep 21. CCP Gransden undertake the UK’s first Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP) Approved Project.
The Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP) is being jointly supported by Invest Northern Ireland (INI) and the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial strategy (BEIS), and is being run in Northern Ireland, serving as a pilot for the new UK-wide DTEP, the Defence sector’s proposed equivalent to NATEP.
CCP Gransden will be collaborating with Thales and Ulster University to replace an existing metallic canister with an advanced composite canister in a specialist defence product.
This project builds on Thales, Ulster University, and CCP Gransden’s history of collaboration on defence canister technology. In 2015, all three parties worked in a NIACE (Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre, technology hub) filament winding project, leading to further development on the Thales Starstreak canister. After delivering positive results, CCP Gransden was in 2018 awarded the full production contract for Thales’ Starstreak canisters. Thales also sponsored CCP Gransden to achieve the ADS SC21 Bronze award, (with CCP Gransden currently at Silver , on track for Gold-level). The Starstreak canister production involves a tight tolerance assembly of over 50 components. CCP Gransden have to-date produced 100% of the Starstreak canisters on-time, with 100% quality. Notably, Thales have recently secured a £98.4-million contract to maintain the British Army and Royal Marines’ Very Short-Range Air Defence capability until 2026. Collaborative working with a range of trusted firms saved 30% on the expected value of that contract.
The DTEP project will see performance improvements provided through a new advanced composite canister system to upgrade another high-value product in Thales’ outstanding defence portfolio. The project is scheduled for an 18-month duration, 46% funded by INI, and 15% funded by Thales.
It is anticipated this DTEP project will deliver innovative technological solutions which CCP Gransden can use to win new business across the world. This project will hopefully demonstrate positive results for the pilot scheme, allowing it to be scaled up, and rolled out across the wider UK defence network.
Tony Millar, project manager for the DTEP project at CCP Gransden explains “This is an excellent opportunity for CCP Gransden to showcase their extensive composite expertise. The objective is to deliver a more robust, light weight solution to Thales by using the most up to date materials and technologies available”.
Mr Leslie Orr, Director of ADS Northern Ireland, stated “As we seek to further grow the defence industry in Northern Ireland, it is great to see innovative SMEs like CCP Gransden using DTEP to exploit new technologies for the sector. It is also very welcome to see defence primes like Thales and universities developing the local supply base.”
ULSTER UNIVERSITY: Ulster University boasts a long and successful heritage of creating value from research knowledge. This strong track record in research and innovation continues to address real-world issues of both local and global relevance.
THALES BELFAST: With a 60-year heritage in world class engineering, the Thales Group in Belfast is the leading high technology company in Northern Ireland, employing around 500 people in the defence and space sectors and supporting employment and prosperity through the local supply chain. Through the design and production of high precision, high volume effectors and fire control systems, as well as the integration of weapons onto tactical platforms, Belfast has developed into a centre of excellence for Thales’s air defence and surface attack solutions. Thales plays an active role in the business community in Northern Ireland, with Belfast site MD Philip McBride serving as Chair of ADS Northern Ireland.
CCP Gransden is trusted by numerous OEM’s and involved in a range of confidential high value projects. This programme will bolster CCP Gransden’s current project portfolio which has seen continued growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. CCP Gransden’s developing opportunities include;
- A growing selection of prominent aerospace, automotive, and security and defence clients.
- Work as a core member of Project Tucana with Jaguar Land Rover. £35m+ automotive light weighting project. Through this project electric vehicle stiffness increased by 30%, weight decreased by 35kg, and product CO2 emissions reduced by 4.5million tonnes.
- Selection as a manufacturing partner in two key next-gen hydrogen pressure vessel programmes.
- A positive well-established relationship with Spirit R&D.
- Advanced production processes and incorporation of innovative technology such as; rapid tow shearing, embedded sensors, mixed-reality engagement, and much more.
CCP Gransden is well-positioned for such projects thanks to its dynamic adaptability. CCP Gransden has one of the UK’s largest selections of advanced composites processes in-house. Key specialties include continuous overmoulding and single stage overmoulding of thermoplastic composites, resin infusion including HPRTM, 7 axis filament winding, automated manufacturing cells to produce at high-rates, and in-house supporting equipment to respond faster, delivering the optimum solutions. CCP Gransden’s services are also enhanced through a range of key accreditations, high security, exceptional quality controls, excellent simulation and manufacturing software, integrated data capture, and full product traceability (birth certificate). To find out more about performance improvements through advanced composites design and manufacture visit CCP Gransden’s exhibitor stand at DSEI; Stand H2-706
17 Aug 21. Meet leading casting, machining and fabrication provider EXPROMET at DSEI 2021. Precision casting, machining and fabrication solutions for performance-critical applications.
Expromet Technologies Group is a leading group of precision casting, machining and fabrication businesses delivering engineering solutions for performance-critical applications. With over 50 years’ working in the defence sector, Expromet has significant experience in finding solutions to complex casting and machining challenges for components deployed on land, in the air or at sea, and will use the exhibition to build industry networks and showcase the range of manufacturing solutions available throughout the group.
Please do come and visit us on stand H2-234.
Expromet harnesses the capabilities of a group of complementary advanced precision casting, machining and fabrication businesses to deliver world class engineering solutions to customers on a global basis. CEO Alistair Schofield says:
“Whether for land, sea or air, military equipment operates in some of the harshest environments on the planet. Quality, integrity and reliability are critically important and components need to meet the highest engineering standards. Our group of companies offers first class engineering and manufacturing solutions for these demanding sectors.”
The group businesses are market leaders in their respective fields and draw upon Expromet’s UK manufacturing capabilities and its global supply chain to find solutions to the many complex technical challenges customers face.
- Investacast is a leading global supplier of investment castings, pressure die castings and forgings, with a manufacturing base in Ilfracombe, Devon.
- Haworth Castings is a specialist in manufacturing fully-tested, machined and finished sand and gravity die castings with manufacturing sites in Romsey and Basingstoke, Hampshire.
- Metaltech Precision is a leading manufacturer of precision components based in Chard, Somerset, and has extensive capabilities in CNC turning, milling, fabrication and welding.
09 Sep 21. HUMS/TELEMATICS IN DEFENCE – THE CASE FOR CIVILIAN TECHNOLOGY WHITE PAPER LAUNCHES AT DSEI 2021.
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17 Aug 21. Multi-million pound Tempest funding set to advance the UK’s future Combat Air capability. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a contract worth approximately £250m to progress the design and development of Tempest, the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The contract, signed by BAE Systems, officially marks the start of the programme’s concept and assessment phase. Continued funding of Tempest underlines the UK Government’s confidence in the progress and maturity of the programme, which is set to deliver the military, industrial and economic requirements of the national combat air strategy. The programme is being delivered by Team Tempest – combining the expertise of the UK MOD, BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce. Working with international partners, the team is leading progress towards a UK-led internationally collaborative Future Combat Air System which will ensure the Royal Air Force and its allies retain world-leading, independent military capability. The concept and assessment phase contract will see the partners develop a range of digital concepts, embedding new tools and techniques to design, evaluate and shape the final design and capability requirements of Tempest. Announcing the contract during a visit to BAE Systems’ Warton site in Lancashire, Ben Wallace, UK Secretary of State for Defence, said: “Today marks a momentous step in the next phase of our Future Combat Air System, with a multi-million pound investment that draws on the knowledge and skills of our UK industry experts.
“Boosting our already world-leading air industry, the contract will sustain thousands of jobs across the UK and will ensure that the UK remains at the top table when it comes to combat air.”
Chris Boardman, Group Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Air Sector, added: “Working with our industry partners and the Ministry of Defence, we are on track to deliver an ambitious programme for the UK, which will provide a highly advanced and sophisticated air defence capability, capable of countering future threats and safeguarding our national security and defence.
“The funding announced today marks a critical next step for the programme and, with our partners, we will work together to define the technical and capability requirements and develop the concept which will bring Tempest to life.
“Tempest offers an exciting opportunity for the next generation of talent to develop rewarding careers, contributing to important work in support of the defence of our nation. The coming years represent one of the most exciting periods in the history of our industry and, as a team, we have a chance to be part of something genuinely historic, transforming the way we develop and deliver.”
Tempest will pioneer cutting-edge technologies, including those assisted by Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and autonomous systems to meet the capability requirements of future conflicts and be operational in the mid-2030s.
The design and production of Tempest demands a radically different approach and the Team Tempest partners are working with companies in their supply chain to drive digital transformation, embedding a digital enterprise through the ecosystem; embracing an agile approach that will deliver a combination of advanced technologies, efficiency, speed of production and lower costs.
Recent research conducted by PwC underlines how the Tempest programme is expected to deliver significant and wide ranging benefits to all regions of the UK, stimulating vital investment, productivity, skills and innovation. The programme will make an estimated £26.2bn contribution to the UK economy, create high productivity employment – 78% higher than the UK national average – and will support an average of 21,000 jobs a year.
The programme is able to stimulate R&D in regions most in need and generate wider economic benefits for these areas, with 70% of the programme’s value to be generated in the North West, South West and East of England. This means the Tempest programme is well placed to support the UK Government’s levelling up priorities and contribute to the UK’s economic recovery and prosperity in the decades ahead.
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