Britain, France to seek new missile systems to replace war weapons

May 24, 2018

Xinhua Net:

LONDON, May 23 (Xinhua) — Britain’s House of Commons and the French National Assembly have launched their first ever joint inquiry into future anti-ship missile systems, it was announced Wednesday in London.

The inquiry will review the future cruise/anti-ship weapon (FC/ASW) program that was launched by a bilateral agreement signed by the two neighboring countries in March 2017.

A new generation of missiles that the two countries hope jointly to develop by 2030 will be replacements for the existing Exocet, Harpoon, SCALP and Storm Shadow missiles. The move is part of deepening collaboration between the defense committees of Britain and France.

Following a proposal by Dr. Julian Lewis, chairman of the House of Commons Defense Committee, and Jean-Jacques Bridey, chairman of the National Defense and Armed Forces Committee of the French National Assembly, both committees agreed to deepen their collaboration.

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