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British Defense Chief Urges Bolstering Military Post-Brexit, Warns Russia Of 'Costs'

'Drone swarms' led by F-35 jets will confuse and overwhelm Britain's enemies, Defence Secretary announces

Mr Williamson explained HMS Queen Elizabeth will travel to South East Asia as part of the policy via the Mediterranean and Middle East carrying the United Kingdom and US's latest £70 million F-35 jets.

The Defence Secretary has announced groups of unmanned aircraft will seek to penetrate enemy air defences, all controlled by a pilot in one of the RAF's new F-35 stealth jets.

The report said Williamson will highlight close military ties between Washington and London and will support U.S. President Donald Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase military spending in the face of what he called Russian provocations.

He will go on to say: "We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behaviour".

"The UK is a global power with truly global interest. we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

"Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", Williamson will say in the speech, extracts of which were seen by Reuters.

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"To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger", he added.

"We can build new alliances, rekindle old ones and, most importantly, make it clear that we are the country that will act when required and a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership", he said.

He added: "History has taught us that crisis comes when it is least expected".

He noted the increased use by UK's adversaries of cyberattacks, sabotage, and information operations, challenging the global rules-based system, acting in the gray zone and stopping short of bringing their activity to the level of ordinary conflict.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday, Mr Williamson will unveil plans to modernise the armed forces, and say it must increase its "mass and lethality".

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