Britain Is Buying Boeing Planes To Fight Against ISIS

Boeing P8

The British government is increasing its Boeing plane spend by 7% to £178 billion ($270 billion) over the next decade. Officials in the country are acquiring more planes to prepare for increased instability in the region.

“The world is more dangerous and uncertain today than five years ago,” the government said in a statement Monday, citing ISIS, the Middle East, Ukraine and the rising the threat of cyber attacks and pandemics.

At least part of the $18 billion in additional spending will go towards the acquisition of nine new Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft for surveillance and anti-submarine warfare.

The increase in spending will also allow the British government to more quickly acquire new Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter aircraft and extend the life of Typhoon fighter jets made by BAE Systems, and Airbus.

In the previous fiscal year officials in the U.K. spent £36 billion ($55 billion) on defense projects.

The government has pledged to meet the NATO goal that each member country spends 2% of its GDP on defense.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, British finance minister George Osborne said Sunday the country will increase its counter-terrorism budget by 30%.