Wednesday, September 10, 2008

France to submit ideas for future European defence

France are to submit a number of proposals at the December EU summit to strengthen the military capabilities of the 27 country union (not cutting defence budgets would be a great start). The French proposals will include creating a pool of A400M transports and common evolution of aircraft and surface escorts for the aircraft carriers operated by 4 EU navies, the UK government will love that as they can then say only having 6 Type 45s is fine as we can rely on France and Spain to protect our CVFs.

Other proposals will include re-organising joint EU forces to allow them to be deployed to hotspots, a 6 nation satellite surveillance project, a common coastal surveillance system and a heavy-lift helicopter.

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