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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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Equipment designed for Afghanistan won't be ready until after withdrawal

3,800 troops are to be pulled out of Afghanistan by the end of next year. Credit: PA

In its annual report on the MoD's major equipment projects, the National Audit Office disclosed that delays to the £32 million Falcon communications system, which was developed for use in Afghanistan, meant it would not now be ready until after British troops have withdrawn in 2014.

Overall, it found that cost projected overruns for the 16 biggest programmes had increased by £468 million over the past year, while total delays have risen by 139 months.

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