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United Kingdom National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015
 
Published: November 24, 2015
 
The government of the United Kingdom published its 10 year National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 on November 23rd, 2015. The document provides detailed information related to the plans for the armed forces till 2025.

Joint Force 2025:

The Joint Force 2015 overview details the assets of Maritime, Land and Air groups. Related to the aviation assets supporting these groups the following aircraft and squadrons will be fielded:

Maritime 2 aircraft carriers, 4 Merlin Mk2 squadrons and 2 Wildcat squadrons.
Land 4 Apache squadron, 4 Wildcat squadron, 2 Puma squadrons, 3 Chinook squadrons, 2 Merlin Mk4 squadrons.
Air Aircraft:

9 P-8A Poseidon, 6 E-3D Sentry, 8 Shadow, 14 Voyager K2 / K3, 8 C-17A Globemaster III, 22 Atlas C1 (A400M) and 14 Hercules.
  Squadrons:

2 F-35B Lightning, 7 Typhoon squadrons,

The Royal Navy will see the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers entering service from 2018. In addition extra F-35s will be purchased from the early 2020s.

The Royal Army will see its Apache AH1 updated to AH-64E Guardian standard.

The Royal Air Force:

Chinook Will received an update (listed the Army in the document).
Lightning II An additional F-35B squadron will stand up.
Typhoon Two additional squadrons will stand up.

The planned purchase of 138 F-35s will not be changed and the Typhoon will continue to receive upgrades including a new Active Electronically Scanned Array keeping the aircraft in serice until 2040. Intelligence and Surveiliance aircraft will also receive upgrades: Sentinel extended in service into the next decade, Shadow to remain in service till 2030 and the Sentry and 'new' RC-135 Rivet Joint
until 2035.

Boeing will be contracted to supply nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The will be based at RAF Lossiemouth and be tasked with protection of the Royal Navy submarines and the aircraft carriers. Surveillance mission over land are also part of the tasking of these aircraft.

The Lockheed-Martin C-130J designated Hercules C4 (C-130J.30) and C5 (C-130J) will be kept in service. The original plan saw them withdrawn from use from the moment the Atlas C1 was delivered. Current plans see them in servive til 2030. The RAF Brize Norton Wing will be equipped with:

14 Voyager Air-to-Air refuelling aircraft from 2016.
22 Atlas C1 transport aircraft.
  8 C-17A Globemastet III strategic transport aircraft.
14 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.

One of the Voyagers will be modified to serve as VIP transport aircraft for the British government but will also be available for use by the Royal Family.