UK still lacks MPA.
No date yet for new maritime patrol aircraft fleet to be based at RAF Lossiemouth
A defence minister has insisted it would be “quite wrong” to predict when a new fleet of maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) will be fully operational.
Conservative frontbencher Philip Dunne told the Commons a letter has been submitted to the United States as part of work to buy nine Boeing P8 aircraft.
But Mr Dunne said he could not pre-empt negotiations and would be unable to state when all the aircraft will be available until these talks have concluded.
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