Mark Leftly: Who is in the MoD's sights to equip our armed forces?


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Westminster Outlook The Ministry of Defence surprised those of us with an eye on defence procurement by getting Bernard Gray to stay on another year as chief of defence materiel. He had been one of two in the running for a fresh four-year contract, which involves reforming the £14bn-budget Defence Equipment and Support agency that buys our forces’ weapons and kit.

The rumour is that the other candidate has a long notice period and will take over from Mr Gray when he leaves in 12 months.

Andrew Tyler, the UK and Europe boss of the defence giant Northrop Grumman, didn’t return my calls yesterday. However, the gossip is that his might well be the name in the frame.