France will make a new push to expand defense cooperation with the U.K. as both countries endeavor to sustain industrial capabilities in an area of shrinking defense budgets. The U.K. and France, Europe’s biggest defense spenders, have been moving toward closer defense ties for awhile, attempting to build on a successful collaboration in the Scalp-Storm/Shadow cruise missile program. Although a plan for sharing aircraft carrier design ran afoul of French budget realities, the two ...

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