RAF top brass have begun a last-ditch attempt to save scores of combat jets as ministers prepare to make deep cuts in Britain’s air power which could leave the UK "vulnerable to attack".
It seems that the Navy has won its battle for two new aircraft carriers and with the already over-stretched Army facing only modest cuts, the RAF is likely to bear the brunt of the cuts.
The Prime Minister’s analysis of future defence needs were rejected by the RAF. Air Marshal Anderson said that the RAF’s fleet of fast jets was vital to national security “despite what amateur theorists might assert from their armchairs. Without such an air defence capability, the UK would not be able to guarantee security of its sovereign air space and we would be unable to respond effectively to a 9/11-style terrorist attack from the air.” And Hilary Clinton seems to share the same view.
Mr Cameron will announce the details of the defence review next Tuesday.