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Among the challenges which must be overcome by the UK’s Combat Air Strategy, David Kirkpatrick highlights the sharp decline in UK defence research, and the destruction of many UK aeronautical test facilities, since the end of the Cold War. He discusses the erratic evolution of the Ministry of Defence’s relationship with the UK defence industry, and considers critically the various management initiatives proposed to facilitate its acquisition of a sixth-generation combat aircraft.
BANNER IMAGE: F-35Bs flying over the UK, June 2018. Courtesy of MoD/Tim Laurence/OGL
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