Defence in the Media: Thursday 5 July 2018

Today’s defence related news includes the major incident in Amesbury and the Combat Air Strategy.

New Novichok case

All media outlets, including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, The Sun, Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Star, FT and Daily Express, lead this morning on the news that the couple who are fighting for their lives in a hospital in Salisbury were exposed to the same type of nerve agent as the Skripals. Most outlets report that MOD scientists at Porton Down were once again called upon to verify the nerve agent. Reporting featured extensively on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 Today, Sky News and Good Morning Britain.

Combat Air Strategy

The Financial Times (online) reports that the UK has held initial discussions with Sweden about collaborating on a future fighter jet and speculates that the Combat Air Strategy will revealed at Farnborough Air Show later this month. The article also examines the Franco-German future fighter jet project.

An MOD spokesperson said:

It’s important to strengthen European-level cooperation in the face of common threats, and we welcome French and German engagement in this area. By remaining closely engaged in discussions aimed at strengthening capability development, we will continue to underline the importance of new programmes and structures.

Image of the day

RAF preparing for flypast over Buckingham Palace on July 10th 2018
Royal Air Force Benson - 03 07 18 - Image by Senior aircraftman (SAC) Amy Lupton.