UK will deploy drone squadron after Brexit, says defence secretary

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Experts query how Gavin Williamson???s latest plan to increase UK???s ???lethality??? will be funded

Gavin Williamson.
The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced plans for a new drone unit to target the radar of countries such as Russia or China. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

The British defence secretary has revealed plans to invest ??7m in a swarm squadron of drones theoretically capable of jamming enemy air defences, in a bellicose speech in which he spelled out how the UK could ???enhance its lethality??? after Brexit.

Gavin Williamson said he wanted the RAF to form a new ???concept unit??? composed of hundreds of small flying craft, although some experts in the field questioned whether the technology described existed yet.

The UK would ???develop swarm squadrons of network-enabled drones capable of confusing and overwhelming enemy air defences???, Williamson said,