The U.K. defense ministry says it will use a £1.8 billion ($2.46 billion) budget surplus to bring the Crowsnest helicopter-borne radar system into earlier service. Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond said the money, the result of defense underspending in fiscal 2012-2013, would also be used to bring several urgent operational requirements purchased for Afghanistan into the core budget. This will allow them to be utilized after combat operations are completed in late 2014. ...


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