Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the record-breaking Zephyr aircraft and further reporting on the Better Defence Estates strategy.
The Evening Standard, ITV and Forces Network all report that the Airbus Zephyr-S aircraft has surpassed the current flight endurance record without needing to refuel in the air for more than two weeks.
Minister for Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew said:
This news is a huge step forward for these extraordinary Zephyr aircraft. This record-breaking piece of kit is using a wide range of innovative technologies to blur the lines between air and space, and could one day gather battle-winning information to help our troops on the front line.
Better Defence Estates strategy
The Express continues to report that the Ministry of Defence will close RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows, and was also home to 617 Squadron as they prepared for the Dambusters mission.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said:
Our military bases are where our service personnel live, train and work, so it’s important that we have sites which suit the needs of the armed forces. That’s why we’re making our defence estate more modern and efficient, by closing sites we don’t need an investing in more modern accommodation. As well as saving money, and allowing reinvestment back into a more modern and better defence estate, the changes will provide greater long-term stability and certainty for our Armed Forces and their families.