This high profile visit formed part of a day spent visiting Oxfordshire based companies. After his tour of Reaction Engines, the Defence Secretary went on to do a major speech at the University of Oxford, where he announced the formation of a world class panel which will help challenge and drive the Ministry of Defence’s innovation agenda. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-secretary-announces-world-class-innovation-panel SMEs at the heart of innovation
SMEs are at the heart of the Innovation Initiative, and earlier on Monday, the Defence Secretary visited two world-leading Oxfordshire-based small and medium enterprises. The Defence Secretary took part in an Innovation Roundtable with industry representatives, academics, think tanks, and senior policy-makers. The goal is to work more effectively with businesses and academics across the UK – and particularly with SMEs which might not normally think of themselves as Defence suppliers. Sir Michael discussed the innovative collaboration between Reaction Engines, the MOD, and suppliers while touring the cutting-edge facility. The company is a global leader in aerospace propulsion and is currently designing and developing technologies for the next generation of air and space vehicles, with the potential to enable hypersonic flight and transform space access.