UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capability, London began in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize the country's military capabilities. In 2020, the Boris Johnson government announced a voluntary investment plan to achieve a defense effort of 2025% of GDP, or €2,2 billion, by 60.

It must be said that the sites are numerous for the British armies, which must simultaneously reconstitute their fleet of armored vehicles, their artillery and their fleet of frigate, while finishing the investments necessary for the new nuclear submarines. In addition, London must also modernize and expand its air power, with the acquisition of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, E-7 Wedgetail air control aircraft, new Chinook and Apache helicopters, and the expansion of the hunting and transport fleet. It is precisely on this subject that, as part of the preparatory work for future defense investments, Defense Secretary Jeremy Quin confirmed to parliament that new F-35B fighter jets and new A400M Atlas transport aircraft would soon be acquired for the Royal Air Force.

From 2011 and the withdrawal of the Nimrods, and 2019 and the entry into operational service of the first P-8A Poseidons, the Royal Air Force no longer had maritime patrol capabilities.

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