For ‘leaner hi-tech defense,’ the army was reduced in size while moving closer to Russia.
To oppose any Russian aggression, a forward tank station will be created at Sennelager in central Germany, equipped with a fast response force of cutting-edge armoured vehicles.
Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of breaching yet another pledge as the government announced plans to reduce the size of the British Army.
Despite a prior Tory manifesto vow to maintain an Army strength of 82,000 troops, overall soldier numbers would be reduced from 82,000 to 73,000, according to MailOnline.
“By the time of the next election, we will have the smallest Army in 300 years,” Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey informed the Commons.
While the army will be reduced, in the case of Russian aggression, a brigade-sized force of mobile troops will be deployed deeper into Germany.
One of the army’s new “land regional centers” will be a NATO forward holding post in Sennelager, which will house Challenger 3 tanks, Boxer armoured fighting vehicles, and the long-awaited Ajax assault vehicle.
The regional hubs, according to Lieutenant General Ralph Wooddisse, commander field army, will allow the army to “spread more rapidly” and “be ready to deploy from them should it be required.”
“I particularly emphasize Germany,” he continued, “where we are deploying a significant number of our armored vehicles in order to be ready to move more swiftly should they be necessary anyplace on the continental land mass.”
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“Instead of having everything located in the UK and having to get across the Channel, they will be more forward-deployed so we don’t have to put them all on boats,” an Army source told The Times.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced that the government would spend an additional £8.6 billion on equipment, bringing the total investment to £41.3 billion, in order to build “a contemporary, innovative, and digitized force.”
With state-of-the-art weapons, including updated tanks, he claimed that the army will be “as agile in the new domains of cyberspace as it is on the ground.”
“To be honest, the army of today doesn’t appear all that different from the army of the end of WWII, and it hasn’t been tested in fury since then,” Lt Gen Wooddisse said.
“It seems unfathomable to me that the structure, equipment, and combat style will work the next time we are put to the test.”
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