Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to discuss an acceleration of delivery for the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.
Asked whether the United Kingdom would be asking the Pentagon to provide some form of stopgap measure until the P-8s are available in order to deal with an influx of Russian submarine activity in Europe, Fallon said that will be an issue brought up during his Friday meeting with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
“Yes there will be discussions, and I hope they will be this afternoon, because we need it.”
Defense News report that the UK are looking at having two US Navy P-8s, with British crews, operate from the UK in order to bridge the gap between now and when the first P-8s enter service.
Fallon also called for greater industrial ties between the US and UK.