JET DETECTOR BOOST RAF to get £80m extra cash to defend UK against the threat of Russian warplanes
BRITAIN’S air defences are to be beefed up to counter the increasing threat from Russian warplanes.
A high-tech computer and command system costing £80million will be installed to boost early detection of hostile aircraft.
Britain's air defences are to get an £80m early detection system so RAF jets can stop enemy attacks
Project Guardian will enable RAF jets to intercept enemy or terrorist attacks more quickly and accurately than ever before.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will announce the cash boost this week after a wave of incursions by Vladimir Putin’s air force.
Since 2013 RAF jets have been scrambled 68 times to intercept suspect aircraft in our skies — half of them Russian.
Heightened tension between the UK and Russia since the Salisbury poisoning scandal has spurred ministers to improve our capability.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will announce this move this upcoming week
Mr Williamson told The Sun on Sunday: “With hostile regimes such as President Putin ripping up the international rule book and terrorists still targeting our way of life, this technology gives our RAF the upper hand in the face of changing and intensifying threats.
“The investment will play a vital role in making sure our fighter pilots are ready to keep Britain safe and to counter aggression from those who seek to harm us.”
It will replace air defence systems at all RAF bases in the UK and Falkland Islands.