Creating a Combat Air Strategy

I have long argued for and pressed the Government to take a strategic look at the UK's future air capability.  It is important that we adopt a long-term, strategic vision that unites military and industry needs.  This will provide not only better value for money for the tax payer, but also more certainty both for military personnel and those who work for the companies who build the aircraft.

The Government has now announced that it is committed to introducing a Combat Air Strategy - this is extremely welcome news.  My focus now therefore turns to shaping the detail of the strategy.  I will work with colleagues and relevant experts to examine the defence aviation landscape and look at how we can evolve our air capabilities to meet the challenges of the future.

I will update you on my progress below and I am excited about the possibilities this will bring.

News

The Prime Minister Joins Robert in Paying Tribute to the RAF's Tornado Jet

During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (13.02.19) Witney MP, Robert Courts, asked the Prime Minister to join him in paying tribute to the RAF’s Tornado jet, which is due to retire from service next month, as well as the crews who have worked with it over the years.

Robert Attends Team Tempest Parliamentary Briefing

Robert has attended a briefing session with representatives from Team Tempest (comprising BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA) to receive an update on the programme and the progress of the Combat Air Strategy.

Robert's 2018 Highlights in 60 Seconds

2018 was a very busy year indeed with much to celebrate both locally and nationally. Here are just some of my highlights from last year - in 60 seconds!

Robert Courts MP

Combat Air Strategy question in Parliament

Robert has been campaigning for a coordinated strategy for defence procurement, and so strongly welcomes the Government's announcement that it will be creating one.

Robert leads debate on Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy

Robert said, "It is a pleasure to follow so many Members who have spoken with such passion and knowledge on this topic, about which all of us on both sides of the House are dedicated. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting the debate, and the hon.