Britain plots bombing of Isis in Libya

  A team of British military and intelligence officers last week undertook a secret reconnaissance mission to Libya to plan RAF airstrikes against Isis militants in the strife-torn north African state. Six RAF officers flew to an airbase in eastern Libya, controlled by pro-western militia forces, along with a group of MI6 operatives, diplomats from the … Read more Britain plots bombing of Isis in Libya

RAF to launch Top Gun unit

The RAF is to set up an elite Top Gun-style squadron to hone the dogfighting skills of its fighter pilots. After two decades of mainly carrying out bombing missions against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, commanders have decided pilots need to boost their aerial combat skills to counter any potential threat from new Russian fighters that … Read more RAF to launch Top Gun unit

Ministry of Defence sinks £2bn sub-hunter jet deal

Britain’s Ministry of Defence is understood to have dropped a £2bn plan to buy a fleet of US-made submarine-hunting jets for the Royal Air Force. The proposed purchase of up to nine P-8 Poseidon aircraft was expected to be the centrepiece of the government’s forthcoming defence review, but sources say the project has been shelved … Read more Ministry of Defence sinks £2bn sub-hunter jet deal

RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat

The number of fast-jet squadrons is expected to double, amid fears that years of deep cuts have left the RAF too small to tackle the twin threats of Isis and Russian aggression. Senior defence sources say the RAF’s senior commanders have made increasing the number of fighter and bomber squadrons from six to 12 a cornerstone … Read more RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat