Makers gain early influence over defence project plans

Britain’s defence manufacturers look set to wield more influence over the early development of high-value defence projects under the Ministry of Defence ‘Smart Procurement’ system, which is designed to trim purchasing costs by £2bn. Under the new system, single integrated project teams will combine defence and industry representatives instead of the present Whitehall and industry […]

Britain’s defence manufacturers look set to wield more influence over the early development of high-value defence projects under the Ministry of Defence ‘Smart Procurement’ system, which is designed to trim purchasing costs by £2bn.

Under the new system, single integrated project teams will combine defence and industry representatives instead of the present Whitehall and industry teams.

But the Defence Manufacturers’ Association this week warned that industrial rivals may be guarded over the contribution they would make to such project teams in the presence of competitors.