Threat to Tornado jet

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The Independent Online

The RAF is expected to ground its Tornado jet fleet after an assessment by the Ministry of Defence revealed that retiring the aircraft would lead to savings of £7.5 billion.

Scrapping the Tornado would save billions more than withdrawing the Harrier jet used by the RAF and Royal Navy, according to MoD analysis.

Defence secretary Liam Fox has been meeting with MoD officials ahead of the strategic defence review that will set a new direction for the armed forces.