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RAF CHIEF'S FEARS AT BELGIUM-SIZE FORCE.

THE head of the RAF's fighter and bomber force says drastic defence cuts "worry the hell" out of him.

Air Vice-Marshall Greg Bagwell says Government cuts will leave Britain six fighter and bomber squadrons - half the current number and "slightly above Belgium".

He warned even the reduction publicly announced, from 12 to eight squadrons, leaves no leeway. He said: "It worries the hell out of me. I can just about do Operation Herrick (Afghanistan) and the QRAs (air defence operations). I can do other things but it's a risk."

He said that one way around the cuts is to work with the French.

MoD sources said his boss Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton did not share his views and all service chiefs "stand by the decisions made".

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2010
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