BAE Systems and Leonardo questioned on arms export controls

17 April 2018

The Committees on Arms Export Controls continue their inquiry into arms export controls during 2016 on Wednesday 18 April with an evidence session with BAE Systems and Leonardo.

BAE Systems is the nation’s largest defence company and has played a central role in a number of major programmes, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the F-35 Lightening II. In addition, along with Leonardo, it is a major partner in the Typhoon programme. Leonardo is also a world leader in cyber and physical security systems.

The session will provide an insight into the UK’s licensing regime for strategic exports from the viewpoint of two of the country’s largest defence exporters. It will investigate how licences are issued, and how the Consolidated Criteria are applied, from an industry perspective. The Committees will also examine the issues surrounding the licensing of cryptographic equipment, and the use of agents to secure export opportunities.


Wednesday 18 April 2018, Committee Room 16

From 4.45pm

  • Philip Bramwell, Group General Counsel, BAE Systems
  • Sue Tooze, Senior Manager, UK Exports and Control, BAE systems
  • Andrew Cowdery, Director, Government Affairs, Leonardo

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