LONDON (AFP) – Britain on Monday (Feb 11) introduced plans for “swarm squadrons” of drones that would overwhelm enemy air defences as a part of a sequence of plans to “improve its lethality” after Brexit.
In a hawkish speech in London, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson stated leaving the European Union was a chance for Britain “after we should strengthen our international presence”.
Williamson introduced plans to take a position £7 million (S$12 million) within the drones, saying he anticipated squadrons “able to complicated and overwhelming enemy air defences” to be prepared by the top of 2019.
Williamson additionally stated Britain would spend £65 million in “offensive cyber”, and convey two new naval vessels into service for operations from disaster help to battle.
Opposition events criticised Williamson’s rhetoric.
“The concept that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense,” Labour MP Chris Leslie stated.
“In reality the financial injury that Brexit threatens is what is going to most shortly weaken our forces,” the anti-Brexit MP stated.
Britain is weeks away from its scheduled departure from the European Union and nonetheless has no agency preparations in place.
Prime Minister Theresa Could’s Downing Road workplace performed down one other of Williamson’s ideas, to deploy Britain’s new plane provider, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in a problem to China within the Pacific.
“The total particulars of her deployment will likely be agreed by the prime minister sooner or later,” Could’s spokesman stated.
The spokesman stated the ship would solely be able to sail in 2021 and its first operational mission would come with the Mediterranean, Center East and Pacific areas.