In a previous series, examined some of the pressing issues facing the European defense establishment. One such issue was the impact of Brexit, mainly how the exiling of defense majors like BAE Systems would hurt European competitiveness vis-à-vis US, Russian, and Chinese providers, and how this new environment might give rise to greater competition (rather than the desired consolidation) between European defense industries.

Judging by the Sweden’s rumored inclusion in the British-led Tempest program, these concerns are merited. It appears the British defense industry won’t be going quietly into the night whenever (if ever) Brexit finally happens.