Mon Dec 3, 2012 7:53AM
Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a new £25 million contract for more laser-guided bombs under the pretext of securing hundreds of military jobs. According to Wales Online, the additional Paveway IV bombs are to be carried by Tornado jets as well as by new Typhoon and Lightning II aircraft in Afghanistan. The bombs, which will allow Britain to conduct 24-hour attacks, were used during last year’s invasion of Libya. The MoD claims the £25 million contract to boost Britain’s stock of the bombs is aimed at securing military jobs in the country. “This highly sophisticated UK-developed and manufactured weapon is the backbone of the RAF's precision bombing capability. This contract to boost the MoD's weapon stocks will sustain hundreds of skilled jobs in the defence manufacturing sector in both Scotland and England,” said Philip Dunne, minister for defence equipment, support and technology. The MoD’s claim sheds further light on concerns that the war in Afghanistan will continue to rage despite London's pledges to return troops by 2014. Foreign forces air strikes in Afghanistan are responsible for a significant portion of civilian casualties in the country, which continue to rise. The United Nations statistics show 13,431 civilians were killed in the Afghanistan war between 2007 and the end of August. MOS/AMR/HE