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SBAC - UK industry restates need for Defence Industrial Strategy 2


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SBAC
: 06 March, 2009  (Company News)
Defence Industry does want DIS version 2 – but time is not right given funding problems The Defence Industries Council (DIC), representing the UK-based defence industry, restated its position that a second, updated, version of the Defence Industrial Strategy (DIS) is needed to provide long-term guidance to the industry on the country’s defence requirements.
However, the industry recognises that without the resolution of the issues around the defence budget it is impossible to produce an effective DIS 2 at this time. Therefore, the industry reluctantly recognises that an updated strategy will have to be delayed still further.

This follows the comments by the House of Commons Defence Committee and the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, on the committee’s report “Defence Equipment 2009”. The committee criticised the Government for delays in DIS version 2 and the minister defended this by saying that industry did not want a new version at the present time.
The UK-based Defence industry employs over 300,000 people in all regions of the UK. Without long-term investment indicators from Government it is unable to plan the future adequately to sustain these jobs as well as provide its core function – supplying the best possible equipment to the UK armed forces.

Mike Turner, Chairman of the DIC, said: “The Defence industry does want to see an updated DIS. However, now is not the right time for it, especially given the current economic crisis that the Government faces. Publishing it before a General Election, regardless of who wins, and the inevitable Strategic Defence Review would not be helpful now.”
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