With President Trump currently in the UK kicking up a storm on the topic of NATO defence spending, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told US broadcaster CNN the allies had “a commitment to spend 2%” of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets.
Members agreed four years ago they would all reach that target by 2024.
However, what is known is that Mr Trump called for an emergency meeting on Thursday morning with other NATO members in Brussels with unconfirmed reports suggesting Mr Trump had threatened to ‘go it alone’ if other nations did not meet the alliance’s target of 2% of their GDP by 2024.
After the meeting there was “a new sense of urgency” about increasing defence spending according to Jens Stoltenberg.
But just how much extra money there will be and how quickly remains to be seen.
European countries are already increasing their defence budgets, which includes numerous small arms replacement programmes. Pyser Optics is optimistic in meeting the requirements with innovative electro-optical products.