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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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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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