UK to buy more F-35 jets, boost anti-terror bud­get

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON: Bri­tain plans to in­crease the num­ber of fighter jets it can launch from air­craft car­ri­ers and boost anti-ter­ror­ism spend­ing, fi­nance min­is­ter Ge­orge Os­borne said yes­ter­day. The gov­ern­ment is due to set out a new five-year de­fence strat­egy on Mon­day and a broader bud­get plan on Wed­nes­day.

“We are go­ing to step up the air­craft car­rier punch of the United King­dom. We are go­ing to make sure that when th­ese air­craft car­ri­ers are avail­able they are go­ing to have planes that can fly from them in force,” Os­borne told BBC tele­vi­sion. “By 2023, we will be able to have 24 of th­ese jets, some of the most pow­er­ful in the world, the F-35, on the decks of th­ese car­ri­ers.”

Os­borne de­nied his over­all fo­cus on cut­ting pub­lic spend­ing might hurt Bri­tain’s at­tempts to pre­vent at­tacks like the ones seen in Paris ear­lier this month, say­ing spend­ing on anti-ter­ror­ism de­fenses would be in­creased by al­most a third. “We will make sure that Bri­tain is prop­erly de­fended against the ter­ror­ist threat,” he said. “Pre­cisely be­cause we are making dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions in other parts of our bud­get, we can give our mil­i­tary more kit, we can in­crease our counter-ter­ror­ism bud­get by 30 per­cent.”— Reuters

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