Fallon announces Chinooks to boost Falkland defence

Britain is to deploy two RAF Chinook transport helicopters to help bolster the defence of the Falklands amid renewed fears of a fresh Argentine invasion of the islands.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the helicopters would enable the islands' garrison to mount a "swift and decisive response" to any "emerging incidents".

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Fallon: 'We'll always defend right of Falkland Islanders'

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Credit: PA

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told the House of Commons: 'We will always defend the right of the Falkland Islanders'. He said he had approved the "return of military support helicopters" with two Chinooks operational next year to allow "24/7 tactical mobility".

"We will be renewing the ground-based air defence system when Rapier comes out of service around the end of the decade. We will also maintain our commitment to provide a Falkland Islands patrol vessel," he added.

Falkland defence bolster expected amid invasion fears

Britain is expected to increase the defences of the Falklands over fears that Argentina could launch a fresh invasion of the islands.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said land, sea and air defences were being upgraded in the face of a "very live threat" from the government in Buenos Aires.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (right). Credit: PA

The move comes amid reports that Russia is working on an agreement to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina which could be used to support a renewed attack. Mr Fallon, who is due to set out the Government's plans in a Commons statement later today, said the deal was unconfirmed but that Britain had to take account of any future possible threat.

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