A Combat Air Strategy will be launched to ensure Britain maintains a ‘world-leading combat air capability’, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in front of the defence select committee.
The MoD say they will work ‘across Government and closely with industry and international partners’ to explore the UK’s future Combat Air capabilities, building on the Industrial Strategy and refreshed Defence Industrial Policy launched last year.
They say the strategy will examine the operational capability needed in the future and the skills and resource required to deliver it.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Since the birth of airpower, British industry has been crucial to maintaining our military’s world-leading position. As we celebrate 100 years of the RAF protecting our skies, it is fitting that we create bold and ambitious plans to help our brave Armed Forces keep us safe in the face of intensifying threats.
The Combat Air Strategy will bring together the best of British engineering, skill and design, and deliver a compelling vision for the future of air power.”