EU states act to plug defence gap

European states will today take a step towards plugging a gap in their defences today by agreeing to work together to boost their air-to-air refuelling capacity, a major European shortcoming in last year’s Libyan war. A group of European Union countries will sign a “letter of intent” at an EU defence ministers’ meeting in Brussels to work together to expand their aerial refuelling abilities from 2020, EU officials said, without naming the countries. Netherlands, France and Germany have been strong supporters of expanding Europe’s capacity.