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ngatimozart

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I have read bits and pieces about upcoming changes to the British army. Reduction of Challenger regiments to three (I think) and now Future Soldier, where more battalions will be disbanded. Has there been significant pushback in the UK in the light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine? I seem to hear Boris Johnson promising security help to Eastern European countries but that must be tenuous if the army loses more capability? If this is covered in a different thread, please direct me appropriately.
How about some links then. You've been on here long enough to know the rules.
 

Larso66

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Which features the following statement - "The size of the Army will be at its smallest since 1714 - with just 72,500 regular soldiers.
The number of tanks will be cut from 227 to 148 upgraded ones. The RAF will lose 24 of its older Typhoon jets and its fleet of Hercules transport aircraft. And the Royal Navy will be retiring two of its older frigates early before new ones come into service.
All this while the government says the threats are rising."

This article was published in March 2021. I'm particularly interested in whether the Ukraine invasion has given the UK govt pause on any of this?
 
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ngatimozart

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Which features the following statement - "The size of the Army will be at its smallest since 1714 - with just 72,500 regular soldiers.
The number of tanks will be cut from 227 to 148 upgraded ones. The RAF will lose 24 of its older Typhoon jets and its fleet of Hercules transport aircraft. And the Royal Navy will be retiring two of its older frigates early before new ones come into service.
All this while the government says the threats are rising."

This article was published in March. I'm particularly interested in whether the Ukraine invasion has given the UK govt pause on any of this?
Good that's better thank you. The Pommy government on its holy mission to persevere the great and glorious British Empire; uhmm large sphere of influence; maybe main power in Europe; nope, hmm Britannic Island fortress that is the UK. Oh dear the Scots are talking about another secession referendum. It's a typical inbred pommy trait that if there's a hard, most difficult way of doing something they will find it and make it SOP. But they really seem to go out of their way to be extra difficult when it comes to defence.
 

Hone C

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I'm particularly interested in whether the Ukraine invasion has given the UK govt pause on any of this?
The short answer is not really. The Conservatives made a manifesto pledge to annually increase defence spending 0.5% above inflation. The current inflation has probably killed that, despite pushback from the top brass and Defence Minister.

A lot of the recent British Army restructuring has been with a view to greater emphasis on foreign partner force training and defence engagement. So far it looks as though Britain is going to use economic and financial measures, and provision of intelligence and training to deal with conflict abroad. This has historically been a common policy for England/Britain to use in relation to continental European conflicts, albeit with a much greater naval force than the UK has at present.

 
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