The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to launch Combat Air Strategy to ensure that the Royal Air Force (RAF) remains at the technology forefront and maintains superior combat air capability.
Based on the Industrial Strategy and Defence Industrial Policy launched last year, the MoD will work in collaboration across the government, and with industry and international partners to explore the nation’s future combat air capabilities.
Expected to be launched this summer, the Combat Air Strategy has been designed to evaluate the operational capability required in the future, as well as the skills and resources necessary to deliver it.
RAF Chief of Air Staff Stephen Hillier said: “Combat air capabilities have been at the heart of the RAF’s capabilities throughout its history, and are constantly employed on operations across the world today.
“This strategy will ensure that the RAF can continue to remain at the forefront of the high-end airpower technology and innovation we need to deal with future threats, working in close collaboration with UK industry and our international partners.”
Developed to be in line with the goals of the Modernising Defence Programme, the strategy was announced following an initial review of the defence aerospace sector by the MoD.
The UK is the only Tier 1 partner of the US on the F-35 Lightning II programme.
The country also intends to boost its combat air power as one of the four partner nations in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.