The Red Arrows will not be axed while David Cameron is Prime Minister, Number 10 has announced.
The assurances came during a visit to India this week, where Mr Cameron told the Indian prime minister the RAF could help the country’s aerobatics team, known as Surya Kiran or The Sun Rays.
It follows recent speculation that the Reds could be shut down in a round of new cuts.
A Number 10 source said: “The Prime Minister is clear that for as long as he is in Downing Street the Red Arrows will grace the skies of Britain.”
The Indian government has signalled an interest in buying more of the British-built Hawk planes, which are used by the Red Arrows.