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Government to invest further £1.1 billion in armed forces

The armed forces will have £1.1 billion cash injection to improve capabilities, the Government has announced. The Ministry of Defence will help beef-up counter-terrorism surveillance as well as purchase the ice patrol ship, HMS Protector.

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PM misses out as F-35 fighter jets remain grounded

Prime Minister David Cameron had been due to see the new American-built F-35 fighter aircrafts at the Farnborough International Airshow before their clearance was embarrassingly halted after a fire in Florida last month.

A full scale model of a Lockheed Martin F-35, billed as the world's most advanced fighter jet. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The grounding meant the jet was also unable to appear when the Queen named the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth earlier this month, and missed a military tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this weekend.

A spokesman for the Farnborough event said officials were "hopeful the F-35 will fly at the airshow by the end of the week".

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