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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 02:49 PM
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Britain and France to seek stronger defence ties
Source: The Guardian

France and Britain hope to deepen defence co-operation, including in unmanned air surveillance, strengthen their influence inside Nato and avoid a confrontation over the future shape of Europe at a crucial Anglo-French summit next Friday.

The two countries may discuss plans for stronger voting rights in Nato for the larger military powers and will look at greater co-operation in the production of a new generation of unmanned aircraft.

A lack of drones during the five-month Libyan conflict left the UK and France dependent on the US for targeting.

The summit is likely to bring together London-based BAE Systems and Paris-based Dassault Aviation. The two companies are already jointly developing the Male drone.

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