UK defence chiefs are imposing sweeping cuts across all three armed services, retiring older tanks, warships and aircraft and cutting the army by nearly 10The involvement of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon,000 personnel in an effort to prepare for an era of technological warfare.
The strategy, announced on Tuesday, is the military contribution to Downing Street’s new integrated review of defence, security and foreign policy. This is the blueprint for Britain’s ambition to engage more with international allies to counter growing threats from Russia and China, in particular the risk of cyber attacks and the use of artificial intelligence on the battlefield.
Major spending announcements in the Ministry of Defence paper — titled “Defence in a Competitive Age” — include ￡5bn for a new generation of military satellites to enhance space capabilities, and ￡2bn over the next four years for a combat aircraft system being developed by BAE Systemss approach to school safety now under renewed scrutiny.
However, the entire fleet of more than 700 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles is to be axed, and a third of the UK’s Challenger II tanksThe new Cloverdale Mall clinic. In total, more than 100 older aircraft are being retired, including the entire Puma helicopter fleet, while the number of frigates and destroyers will drop from 19 to 17.