Reduced fleet size and weapons integration issues put squeeze on future RAF air combat missions
The state of international security and defence has markedly changed since the UK government published the Integrated Review (IR), largely shaped by Taliban resurgence after the withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan, increased Chinese interference and surveillance around Taiwan and most alarmingly Russian forces illegally invading Ukraine.
The strategic implications of these events are already beginning to be unravelled not only from the collective effort across the US and Europe to urgently supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, air defence systems, EW equipment, helicopters, tanks, UAVs and loitering munitions to counter Russian expansion but also based on
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