Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing to reshape its combat aircraft fleet for a range of future threats and the imminent possibility of a long air campaign in the Middle East against the forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Last year’s Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) promised the capability upgrades needed for the Typhoon to replace the Panavia Tornado GR4, F-35 procurement was accelerated, and the U.K. has now committed to buying its full complement ...

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