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UK boosts investment in military surveillance

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced an investment of £1.1 billion (1.38 billion euros, $1.88 billion) into the armed forces, the bulk of it on intelligence and surveillance equipment.

FARNBOROUGH: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced an investment of £1.1 billion (1.38 billion euros, $1.88 billion) into the armed forces, the bulk of it on intelligence and surveillance equipment.

The money comes from savings made in the past two years at the Ministry of Defence, which has cut thousands of armed forces jobs as part of the government's austerity programme.

Some £800 million will be invested in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance, including special forces capabilities to address terror threats overseas including in the Horn of Africa.

"This money will help keep our country safe and stop terrorism at source before it reaches our country," Cameron said as he toured the Farnborough air show near London, a key biennial event in the aviation sector calendar.

The remaining £300 million will be invested in existing capabilities such as next generation radars for Typhoon combat jets, as well as the purchase of an ice patrol ship, officials said.

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