The UK government will invest £1.1bn to boost the UK’s defence capabilities, focusing on drones and surveillance technology to fight terrorism.
The investment, announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron during the opening of the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, has come after years of cutting Britain’ defence budget and has been enabled by savings made by the Ministry of Defence.
The funding pot includes an extra £800m of investment in an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package.
It will bolster special forces' ability to deal with the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking, according to 10 Downing Street.
A further £300m will be used for existing programmes, including unmanned aircraft and next generation radars for Typhoon combat jets.
In a column in The Daily Telegraph, Cameron explained that substantial investment into the UK’s defence capabilities was inevitable.
Cameron wrote: "Today's investment demonstrates our approach to national security. There are those who believe we would be safer if we fundamentally retreated from the world.
"They see new warships and military investment and imagine a Government bent on foreign adventurism.
"But the plain fact is that in the 21st century, you cannot defend the realm from the white cliffs of Dover. Terrorist plots hatched thousands of miles away threaten to cause harm on our streets. When fragile and lawless states fracture, migration flows can affect us right here."
Touring the show today, the Prime Minister will also outline plans to set up a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to develop new defence technology.
A £4m UK Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems based in Portsmouth is also being launched as well as a "defence apprenticeship trailblazer" scheme to attract new graduates to the industry as well as develop a new masters level standard in advanced systems engineering.