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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Britain at risk as our air defences are slashed

Rivet Joint spy planeThe Rivet Joint RC 1 has been out of action for five weeks after returning from the Middle East. It is the only one in the RAF fleet, although two more are on order.

The news comes after a new Ministry of Defence report laid bear the size of defence cuts for both the RAF and Royal Navy. In 2000, according to the report, the UK

had 17 fighter squadrons and three maritime patrol aircraft. Today it has just seven squadrons and no patrol aircraft to monitor Russian incursions into UK airspace and coastal waters.

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