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David Cameron has a very sensitive choice to make about which fighter jet Britain should buy. It threatens to undermine his much-vaunted defence partnership with France. It is all about catapults and aircraft carriers. Politicians and military analysts say that switching to the C variant from Labour’s original decision to go with the B variant would put in peril the ability of both nations to project the power that comes with having an aircraft carrier able to travel anywhere at any time.
Mr Cameron first changed the UK’s order 18 months ago in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Government has not actually U-turned on which version of the Joint Strike Fighter it intends to buy for its aircraft carriers yet, but there’s already a backlash to the news that it will. As the FT reports, military analysts are worried about the defence partnership with France, which will not be able […]

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