The UK needs a strong economic recovery and our industries welcome the Government’s additional defence and security funding, support for green aircraft technology and flexibility for apprenticeship programmes. Greater funding is being made available to support R&D programmes and supply chain competitiveness next year. We look forward to working with the Department for Business to ensure this best supports the small businesses our sectors depend on and delivers increased investment through the Aerospace Technology Institute.
Giving travellers the chance to reduce quarantine from two weeks to five days from mid-December is a significant step towards the restart and recovery of UK aviation and aerospace. The Government must build on the test and release scheme to create, with our international partners, a more resilient approach to travel corridors. This will ensure further changes in domestic arrangements do not undermine consumer confidence and industry recovery plans.
Today the Government announced that their acquisition of global satellite communications company, OneWeb, is now complete.
Today’s announcement of new investment in defence and security is a welcome step forward with the potential to support thousands of jobs in UK industry.
The UK has the potential to become a global leader in developing and manufacturing the technology needed to achieve net zero aviation. Realising this ambition will bring huge environmental benefit, generate exports worth billions of pounds a year and sustain thousands of high value jobs in all parts of the country.
Aviation and aerospace remain among the sectors worst affected by the crisis, and a full recovery is set to be further delayed by tougher restrictions on international travel that are now in place. Industry is looking to Government to work quickly to put in place the resilient system of traveller testing that will reduce the need for quarantine and enable safe travel to restart once restrictions can again be relaxed.”
Visitor and exhibitor registration is now open for Security & Policing 2021, set to take place as an online event between 9-11 March 2021. Hear from the Rt. Honourable James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security as he previews next year’s ground-breaking event.
Our industries support specific legislation to protect strategic national capabilities from hostile takeovers. Companies in our aerospace, defence, security and space sectors are developing innovative new technologies in the UK with the potential to make a long-term contribution to our national prosperity.
Extending the Job Retention Scheme is a welcome step that will help employers to sustain vital highly skilled jobs in every part of the UK. The Government must now work quickly to put a resilient testing-based system in place that enables international travel and reduces the need for traveller quarantine.
ADS comment on today’s announcement that Bombardier’s Belfast Facility will become part of Spirit AeroSystems when the transaction closes on Friday.