Monday, 19 February, 2018

British Army chief to call for investment to keep up with Russian Federation

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Sammy Stanley | 23 January, 2018, 08:39

Britain must ensure its armed forces can keep up with adversaries like Russian Federation, which already has military capabilities the United Kingdom would struggle to match, according to the head of the British army.

In a speech at the Royal United Services Institute today, Sir Carter will directly compare Britain's military to Russia's, and say there are areas where the UK is worse off.

In an address to the Royal United Services Institute, Chief of the General Staff Nick Carter is expected to say Russian Federation is building increasingly aggressive and expeditionary forces while already demonstrating its use of superior long-range missiles in Syria.

Traditional threats still remain, Gen Carter will say, in reference to the Russian army conducting grand military exercises including simulated attacks previous year in Northern Europe.

Gen Carter will also highlight the Russian army's long-range missile strike capability.

Avoiding direct comments on the possible outcome of the government's current strategic, defence and security review or the secretary of state for defence's on-going battle to secure increased funding for the armed forces, Carter focused on the strategic approach the United Kingdom should adopt.

The Russian army conducted a large scale military exercises previous year, including simulated attacks across northern Europe, from Kaliningrad to Lithuania.

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Emphasising the mounting threat posed by Russia's conventional and unconventional military build-up, Carter used a Russian military propaganda video to demonstrate the volume and scope of recent Russian acquisitions.

The UK now spends more on defence than any other European nation, paying out £36billion a year ago compared to France's £32billion.

"Our ability to pre-empt or respond to threats will be eroded if we don't keep up with our adversaries", he will tell the London-based think tank.

This intervention from Carter is as much an appeal for more money to fund the armed forces and to avoid further cuts.

'That is exactly what we are doing as part of the National Security Capability Review, and we are doing that from a position of strength where we have a £36 billion defence budget which will rise to nearly £40 billion by 2020/21.

Mr Williamson however is believed to have successfully argued that defence should be removed from the review so it can be given more time and consideration before decisions are made ahead of next Autumn's budget.

There have been calls to increase defence spending to 3% of GDP from some MPs, and reports there are plans to cut the armed forces' strength by more than 14,000, as well as the combination of elite units of paratroopers and Royal Marines to save cash.

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