UK minister: Britain to add helicopters, communications system to Falklands Islands defenses

Britain plans to add two transport helicopters and an enhanced communications system to its defense systems in the disputed Falklands Islands.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday the helicopters would allow Britain to react quickly and decisively to any incidents.

He told Parliament that a regular review of the Falklands' defenses concluded that systems in place were "broadly proportionate" to the perceived threat.

The islands are claimed by both Britain and Argentina. The two countries fought over the remote South Atlantic islands in 1982 after Argentina mounted an invasion.

Britain plans to spend roughly 180 million pounds ($268 million) in the next decade to improve defense systems and other facilities on the islands.