The death of Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington leads this morning's defence news.
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington
Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mike Penning said:
It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm that Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington from Manchester died at Camp Taji in Iraq on Monday. Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family, friends and colleagues, and I would ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time. An investigation has started into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
The Times reports that the UK will not buy a fleet of second-hand, German-made Leopard tanks.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:
We are committed to the highly capable Challenger 2 fleet. A £700 million life extension project will ensure capability until 2035. We are also investing in the transformational, multi-role AJAX armoured vehicle and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle as part of our £178 billion equipment plan to deliver key capabilities for the UK’s armed forces.
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