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No. Independence will give Scotland the opportunity to develop specific defence capabilities that better meet Scotland’s needs and circumstances. In some areas that could mean developing capabilities that the UK currently does not have, such as maritime patrol aircraft. In other instances there are capabilities that the UK has now that Scotland would neither need nor want – such as nuclear weapons
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.