Gavin Williamson: Drone 'swarm squadrons' to be deployed by military

13 February, 2019, 15:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • British Defense Chief Urges Bolstering Military Post-Brexit, Warns Russia Of 'Costs'

"Since the new global great game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

At an address given to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Williamson said Britain was the second largest investor in the region and it must display "hard power" and "lethality" to help protect interests.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, which carries squadrons of U.K. and U.S. F-35 jets, will sail to the Gulf, Mediterranean and Pacific on its maiden voyage, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said in a speech Monday.

He said the £3 billion aircraft carrier's first mission is part of "making Global Britain a reality".

Mr Williamson is to use his speech to outline how cyber forces will be reinforced thanks to a "very significant investment", which will be used both to defend and launch attacks.


Britain's defense minister says the country should bolster its military capabilities after Brexit and warned that Russian Federation should be aware that actions deemed unacceptable by the West will "come at a cost", according to a text seen by Reuters.

"The alliance also must develop its ability to handle the kind of provocations that Russian Federation is throwing at us", he said.

"The idea that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense", Labour MP Chris Leslie said.

Defending interventionist policy, he said the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need". "Ready to strengthen our resilience".

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and, most importantly, make it clear that we are the country that will act when required and a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", he said.

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