Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy to the Middle East and Pacific on her maiden operational mission HMS Queen Elizabeth will deploy to the Middle East and Pacific on her maiden operational mission
Kenny Thornton | 13 February, 2019, 21:26

Stressing that the United Kingdom now had "its greatest opportunity in 50 years to redefine its role", the defense secretary said that, as the United Kingdom braces to leave the European Union, "it is up to us to seize the opportunities that Brexit brings".

The Defence Secretary has announced groups of unmanned aircraft will seek to penetrate enemy air defences, all controlled by a pilot in one of the RAF's new F-35 stealth jets.

He will talk about the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and announce its first mission which will include work in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Pacific regions.

He continued: "I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass and increasing our lethality". Brexit supporters hail it as a chance for Britain to take on a new global role.

In August a different British warship sailed close to the Paracel Islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, prompting fury in Beijing.

The task of the country he took, in particular, and opposition to "resurgent Russia" in the conditions of termination of the Agreement on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty).

While speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson will also say that the UK and its Western allies will have to "be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour" and be "ready to strengthen our resilience".

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"And action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone, " he said.

In a separate development that month, Williamson unveiled the country's new Defence Arctic Strategy, citing ever-increasing threats in the region and Russia's alleged attempts to militarise it.

He said the military's cyber capabilities will be reinforced to defend and launch attacks. "And, a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", Williamson will say.

Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith said: 'The Conservatives have slashed the defence budget by over £9 billion in real terms since 2010 and they are cutting armed forces numbers year after year.

Defending interventionist policy, he said the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need".

"Instead of simply engaging in yet more sabre-rattling, Gavin Williamson should get to grips with the crisis in defence funding that is happening on his watch".

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