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UK plans drone swarm squadrons after Brexit

Britain on Monday announced plans for swarm squadrons of drones that could overwhelm enemy air defences as part of a series of plans to enhance its lethality after Brexit. In a hawkish speech in London, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said leaving the European Union was an opportunity for Britain when we must strengthen our global presence . Williamson announced plans to invest 7 million pounds (8 million euros, USD 9 million) in the drones, saying he expected squadrons capable of confusing and overwhelming enemy air defences to be ready by the end of 2019. Williamson also said Britain would spend 65 million pounds in offensive cyber , and bring two new naval vessels into service for operations from crisis support to conflict. Opposition parties criticised Williamson s rhetoric. The idea that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense, Labour MP Chris Leslie said. In fact the economic damage that Brexit threatens is what will most quickly ...

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