With a £12 billion ($18 billion) uptick in the country’s defense equipment spending to £178 billion over the next 10 years, ministers have pledged to boost the number of Royal Air Force (RAF) frontline fighter squadrons and to deliver a long-awaited commitment to buy every one of its planned 138 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Yet while the Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published on Nov. 23 appears to be good news, the government’s pledges ...

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