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Prime Minister David Cameron
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BAE Systems could be in for a boost after Prime Minister David Cameron ordered more spending on drones to defeat extremist Islamist terrorism.

Defence chiefs have been told to target extra money on special forces and other counter-terror capabilities as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

We’ve done a huge amount already, and I want to thank the brave RAF crews who’ve flown so many missions over Iraq – more than any other country apart from the United States.

David Cameron

The Prime Minister said new spy aircraft, including drones, to gather intelligence about Islamic State (IS)or other terror groups should be considered.

BAE Systems has pioneered work on unmanned planes such as Taranis.

Speaking to RAF officers and airmen at RAF Coningsby, the Prime Minister said a range of measures were being taken to combat the threat from young people travelling to the Middle East to join up with terrorists.

“We can do all of these things but, in the end, we need to do something else and that’s make sure that Britain, with her allies, can destroy the fanatical Isil extremist state in Iraq and Syria,” he added.

“We’ve done a huge amount already, and I want to thank the brave RAF crews who’ve flown so many missions over Iraq – more than any other country apart from the United States.

“But I’m quite clear that when it comes to the threats the country faces, this threat of extremist Islamist terrorism, a threat on our own streets and on our own people, as we saw tragically on that beach in Tunisia – this is the threat of our generation, the battle of our generation and fight that we’re going to have.”

A BAE Systems spokesman did not want to comment on the defence review at this stage.