Britain's armed forces 'need major financial boost to counter threats from Russia, terrorism and cyber-warfare'

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Britain's Armed forces need a major boost and spending should rise from 2% to 3% of UK economic output to counter threats, MPs said.


The move, giving £20billion a year more, would provide long-term strategic stability and was the “only solution” to new challenges, warned the Defence Committee.

These included President Putin’s Russia, terrorism, cyber-warfare and the erosion of international rules-based order, its report said.

MPs highlighted a shortage of armoured vehicles and said out of date rocket artillery left the army “at serious risk of being outgunned by its Russian counterpart”.

The report, ahead of findings from the MoD’s Modernising Defence Programme being released, said other key needs included greater anti-submarine capability and an army of 82,000.

Defence Committee chairman Julian Lewis said: “The Government needs to look beyond the 2% minimum on defence spending.”

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Britain's armed forces 'need major financial boost to counter threats from Russia, terrorism and cyber-warfare'

2018/06/British-Troops-Combat-Insurgent-Activity-In-Southern-Iraq-1529271601.jpg
Read: 524     15:00     18 June 2018    

Britain's Armed forces need a major boost and spending should rise from 2% to 3% of UK economic output to counter threats, MPs said.


The move, giving £20billion a year more, would provide long-term strategic stability and was the “only solution” to new challenges, warned the Defence Committee.

These included President Putin’s Russia, terrorism, cyber-warfare and the erosion of international rules-based order, its report said.

MPs highlighted a shortage of armoured vehicles and said out of date rocket artillery left the army “at serious risk of being outgunned by its Russian counterpart”.

The report, ahead of findings from the MoD’s Modernising Defence Programme being released, said other key needs included greater anti-submarine capability and an army of 82,000.

Defence Committee chairman Julian Lewis said: “The Government needs to look beyond the 2% minimum on defence spending.”

Mirror.co.uk



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