The Royal Air Force may need to cut force structure to counter budget shortfalls. British Ministry of Defence officials tell Jane’s Defence Weekly that problems stem from funds diverted to air elements supporting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jane’s reports that sources say proposed cuts include two squadrons of Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and delays in delivery of new Eurofighter Typhoons.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.