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The new UK defence purchasing minister has announced the production of a Defence Technology Plan, intended to lay out the kind of new military tech the UK armed forces would like to see developed.

Baroness Taylor, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support has just replaced the outgoing Lord Drayson, who quit in the run-up to a comprehensive update of UK defence-industrial policy saying he wanted to spend more time with his alcohol car. (It seems clear that the noble lord's plan on how to deal with the remaining £1bn hole in the UK defence budget may have not been approved by the new PM.)

Announcing the new Defence Tech document, the Baroness said:

We are taking the Defence Technology Strategy forward by developing the Defence Technology Plan. This plan will enable transparent prioritisation and coherence across MoD's R&D programme by setting out the research programme in the form of technology roadmaps derived from key R&D objectives. It will form the basis of our national and international partnerships with academia, industry and allies.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will develop the plan "in consultation with the wider stakeholder community". It will "take forward" the direction already provided in the Defence Technology Strategy of 2006 (warning - 200 page gov pdf). ®

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