Borrell: EU defense industry lacks reactivity

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday that the EU's defense industry "lacks critical mass and reactivity, with long lead times that limit our ability to ramp up production." He said the bloc must also reduce its "excessive dependency" on external supplies of military equipment, EDnews informs via foreign media.
Borrell said the war in Ukraine demonstrated the importance of highly trained forces, large equipment stockpiles, military mobility, and electronic warfare capabilities. He advocated for a joint and coordinated EU approach to achieving "more effective, efficient and interoperable military capabilities coherent with NATO" and called for a "broader, more resilient and more reactive industrial and technological base."