Europeans should cease being ashamed of saying they have the best capabilities, says Domingo Ureña Raso, executive vice president of the military aircraft division of Airbus Defence and Space, adding that another major programme such as the A400M should be launched and that European industries should cooperate more.
Speaking to journalists at the annual Trade Media Briefing in Seville, Spain, the charismatic and passionately pro-European executive wondered: "why are we ashamed of saying we have the best capabilities? Why don't we use them?" Noting that the situation in Ukraine was bringing the debate around falling defence budgets closer he remarked that "Europe has no strategy" and that the last one was the A400M.
"Collaboration remains an exception," he noted but "we have the industry. Why not continue our industrial cooperation? Why not launch another programme?" he asked. "Don't be afraid to be European. Don't be afraid to be international. Don't be afraid to cooperate with others," he pleaded.
Domingo Ureña Raso. Photo by Christina Mackenzie