Chop­pers boost for Falk­lands

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BRI­TAIN is to deploy two RAF Chi­nook trans­port he­li­copters to help bol­ster the de­fence of the Falk­lands amid re­newed fears of a fresh Ar­gen­tinian in­va­sion of the is­lands.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon said the he­li­copters would en­able the is­lands’ gar­ri­son to mount a “swift and de­ci­sive re­sponse” to any “emerg­ing in­ci­dents”.

In a Com­mons state­ment Mr Fal­lon ( above) said a re­view of the is­lands’ de­fences had found they were “broadly pro­por­tion­ate” to the cur­rent threat level.

How­ever he said the Gov­ern­ment would be in­vest­ing £180mil­lion over the next 10 years in up­grades.

Mr Fal­lon said: “The re­view we have un­der­taken con­firms our com­mit­ment to the Falk­land Is­lands.

“We will con­tinue to de­fend the right of the is­lan­ders to main­tain their way of life against what­ever threats may arise.”

He added that the prin­ci­pal threat to the Falk­lands re­mains the quite un­jus­ti­fied claim of Ar­gentina to the is­lands’ own­er­ship.

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