UK companies are displaying their latest capability innovations for defence and security at the ongoing airshow, with the UK Government keen to foster greater defence industrial co-operation with countries in South East Asia.
“The Singapore Air Show is one of the best networking events in Asia. For many years, the UK and Singapore have shared an important strategic relationship; a relationship that has grown stronger as we have collaborated to identify global threats and proposed solutions,” says Alexis Hammer, Regional Director for the Americas and Asia Pacific in the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation, while adding, “The UK is keen to deepen its strategic relationship with Singapore and other regional partners, and to provide innovative solutions to the complex threats that we collectively face. The Singapore Air Show 2018 provides real opportunities for the international community to work together and learn from each other”.
The UK government is also encouraging setting up of joint ventures and collaborative projects with Singapore and other partners in the region.
Hammer who is heading the UK trade delegation at the show says, UK companies have an excellent record of transferring technology, adding that this has enabled local manufacture of a range of UK designed and built equipment, that is currently in service in South East Asia and indeed around the world.
UK defence exports were worth £5.9bn in 2017, while UK security exports in the same year were worth £4.3bn.
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