MoD warned over 'shortfalls'

The armed forces are facing "critical shortfalls" in air transport and air-to-air refuelling capabilities because of delays in delivering new aircraft, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned.

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Armed forces facing 'critical shortfalls', watchdog warns

An A400M air transporter seen at RAF Fairford. Credit: PA

The armed forces are facing "critical shortfalls" in air transport and air-to-air refuelling capabilities because of delays in delivering new aircraft, the Whitehall spending watchdog warned today.

The Ministry of Defence has already spent £787 million trying to plug the gap caused by the delays to the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) and A400M transport aircraft programmes, the National Audit Office (NAO) disclosed.

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