Frequently Asked Questions - Would an independent Scotland be able to maintain sophisticated air defence capabilities, as expected by NATO partners?
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Yes. Other countries of a similar size to Scotland support capable fast jets for air defence. For example, all of the Nordic countries, plus others countries such as Belgium, maintain fast jets for air defence.
Scotland has fully contributed to the development of the UK’s air defence capability, which is embedded in wider NATO arrangements. Scotland will therefore inherit aspects of this resource as part of the post-referendum negotiation process. It will continue to be in the interests of the rest of the UK and an independent Scotland to work closely together on air defence, within NATO.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.