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Defence in the media: Wednesday 20 February 2019

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Today’s defence-related news includes discussion of the RAF’s Tornado fast jet retiring.

Tornado retirement

Radio 4’s Today programme carried a segment this morning on the retirement of the Tornado, which is leaving service in March after 40 years, and the series of flypasts that will mark the occasion.

Air Commodore Mark Roberts was on the programme, commenting: “It is a wonderful aeroplane” and noted it was the UK’s first step from Cold War capability into more modern technology. He added that more contemporary aircraft are now better-suited to the UK’s current challenges.

Image of the day

Two RAF Tornados flying close together
The RAF's Tornados will retire at the end of March and have conducted flypasts across the UK. Crown copyright.

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