26 January 2018
The Ministry of Defence has conducted its full procurement period, and have recommended the following actions to His Majesty's Government as assessed by the heads of the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and British Army:Procurement of 2 Dreadnought-class submarinesProcurement of 10 additional squadrons of fighter jets, the F-35 Lightning II BProcurement of 10 Batch 2 River-class patrol vessels with Merlin-capable flight deckProcurement of human resources to maintain and operate said procurementProcurement of further cyber defence measures and drone warfare measures by GCHQ and the Royal Air Force
The procurement would be within the United Kingdom's £33 billion annual procurement budget, and expected full payment of all procured items in time for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach
Chief of the Defence Staff