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Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the defence budget will 'continue to increase'

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon says the defence budget will 'continue to increase'

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Portsmouth arrival date set

The Royal Navy's new £3bn aircraft carrier is expected to arrive in its home port within weeks, the Defence Secretary has confirmed.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to sail into Portsmouth following extensive preparations at the naval base.

The exact date is weather-dependant but is expected to be no later than 22 August.

The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in June.

£40m contract comes to Luton

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Over 60 jobs in Luton have been secured after a £40m contract was signed to upgrade RAF Typhoon fighter jets.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says the two-year contract for Luton-based Leonardo will see them upgrade the aircraft's defence system, sustaining 65 jobs at the site at Capability Green.

Typhoons have been used to carry out air strikes on so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Sir Michael said: "Our armed forces face ever-evolving threats so we must invest in cutting-edge technology to ensure they can operate in hostile theatres."

Some of the work will also be carried out at Leonardo's site in Warton in Lancashire.

The RAF's fleet of Typhoons are based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland and the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic.