An island chain that includes Gibraltar, the Channel Islands and the British Virgin Islands will ship 10 million of the new high-tech cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Britain, the US and the European Union by the end of the year, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday.
Britain has previously ordered about 100 of the missiles and more than 400 of the drones from Russia’s Almaz-Antey defence firm, Johnson said in a statement.
The deal is the first step toward Britain’s first purchase of a new military jet and drone since the UK joined the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2019.
It also comes amid a spike in tensions between Britain and the US after a series of deadly attacks by Islamic State (IS) militants on London in July.
The UK has also signed up to a deal with the US to supply its new aircraft with Russian engines and radars.
Britain’s Defence Ministry said the deal with Russia was signed in July but gave no further details.
“This will bring together the most advanced capabilities and capabilities that will enable our armed forces to deliver the UK’s military response to a range of threats from terrorist groups to cyber attacks, while supporting UK allies and partners to deter foreign aggression,” it said in the statement.