Combat aircraft to be jointly developed between U.K. and Sweden

SWEDEN. UNITED KINGDOM. Sweden and the United Kingdom agreed on Friday to partner on development of future combat aircraft.

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U.K. Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist signed a memorandum of understanding calling for "work on a joint combat air development and acquisition program, including the development of new concepts to meet both nations' future requirements," a statement from the U.K. government said. It referred to the pact as "a landmark agreement."

The next steps in the partnership include development of a joint acquisition road map, identifying technologies enabled by production of Swedish Gripen and British Typhoon fighter planes; research and technology co-operation, and further government and industry studies, particularly on cost modeling, a statement from British engine builder Rolls-Royce said.