Defence in the Media: Tuesday 17 July 2018

Today’s main defence news focuses on the launch of the Combat Air Strategy at Farnborough International Air Show yesterday.

Combat Air Strategy

Outlets including The Daily Telegraph, Daily Star and The Sun report on the Defence Secretary's launch of the new Combat Air Strategy, and his unveiling of a concept model of a brand-new, next-generation fighter jet.

Speaking at Farnborough International Air Show, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

We have been a world leader in the combat air sector for a century, with an enviable array of skills and technology, and this Strategy makes clear that we are determined to make sure it stays that way. It shows our allies that we are open to working together to protect the skies in an increasingly threatening future - and this concept model is just a glimpse into what the future could look like.

British defence industry is a huge contributor to UK prosperity, creating thousands of jobs in a thriving advanced manufacturing sector, and generating a UK sovereign capability that is the best in the world.

Today’s news leaves industry, our military, the country, and our allies in no doubt that the UK will be flying high in the combat air sector as we move into the next generation.

Read more about the strategy and the concept jet here.

Image of the Day

Image of the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson announcing the new, national Combat Air Strategy at Farnborough International Air Show today (16/07/2018). Crown copyright.

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