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Britain is in talks with Europe to hitch its new Sky Shield air defence system, Grant Shapps has mentioned.

There are at present 21 international locations – together with the historically impartial Switzerland – signed as much as the European Sky Shield Initiative.

Shapps says the UK is working with allies within the EU “on what a Sky Shield may look like,” stories The Sun.

The Defence Secretary additionally mentioned there could be a ship-building growth to assist the Royal Navy.

The Sky Sheild system would see missilies, such because the Patriots used within the United States or the Arrow-3s deployed in Israel, used on UK soil if wanted.

Shapps has reportedly resisted calls from MPs to purchase Israel’s Iron Dome expertise, as a substitute saying the European Sky Shield talks had been within the “early stages”.

The Sky Shield Iniative was proposed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after Vladimir Putin launched missiles on Ukrainian infrastructure in 2022.

When requested how he deliberate to spend the £75billion pledged for the defence funds between now and 2030, Shapps advised the Sun he would “shortly be saying extra as a shipbuilding czar.”